The Pope, Politics, and Policy

The Continuing Impact of the “Francis Factor” and Catholic Social Thought on Public Life

Pope Francis’ actions and ideas are reshaping public discussion in the United States and around the world. His strong articulation of Catholic social teaching and attention to issues of economic justice and religious freedom are impacting the national and international debate. How relevant is Pope Francis’ moral and global vision to American politics? Will it impact policies and priorities around the globe? How is the Pope's public diplomacy affecting Christians and others denied religious liberty and other basic human rights? How is the Pope’s articulation and demonstration of Catholic social teaching changing the Church and public life?
On February 3, Georgetown’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life addressed these questions in a Dialogue with John Allen, associate editor of the Boston Globe and Vatican analyst for CNN and NPR; Ross Douthat, op-ed columnist for the New York Times; and Kerry Robinson, executive director of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management. The panel was moderated by John Carr, the director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life.

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