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Since the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), the Roman Catholic Church has been a key player in interreligious and interfaith dialogue. The Center examines the Church’s interaction with other religious traditions as well as the challenges posed by increasing cultural and religious pluralism at the local, national, and international levels.

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Chester GillisChester Gillis is the dean of Georgetown College and was the director of the Program on the Church and Interreligious Dialogue within the Berkley...

Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue

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The Berkley Center is a sponsor of the Evangelical-Catholic Dialogue on the Common Good/Public Policy, inaugurated at Georgetown in April 2008. Two of America's most prominent religious leaders, Pastor Rick Warren and Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, convened discussions focused on how Catholics and evangelicals can more wisely bring faith to bear on public life, especially regarding issues relating to respect for life and ending poverty. Georgetown participants include President John J. DeGioia, John Borelli, special assistant to the president for interreligious dialogue, and the Center's Chester Gillis. Prominent evangelicals include Richard Cizik, then vice president of the National Association of Evangelicals, and Michael Gerson, Washington Post columnist and former speech writer and advisor to President George W. Bush. The dialogue reconvened in March 2009 at Eastern University, a prominent Baptist institution.
Other Georgetown participants in the dialogue were Fr. John Langan, S.J., Rector of the Georgetown Jesuit community, and Carol Q. O’Neil of the Law Center. Also attending were John Carr, then Secretary for Justice, Peace and Human Development at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; Ronald Sider, a widely engaged evangelical academic and activist associated with Eastern University/Palmer School of Theology; Don Eberly, Presidential advisor for the Bush administrations; Glen H. Stassen of Fuller Theological Seminary; Maggie Gallagher, the Catholic founder of the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy; and M. Cathleen Kaveny, Notre Dame professor and Commonweal columnist.

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Catholics, Evangelicals, and the American Future

May 30, 2012
Through much of American history, Catholics and Evangelicals have been sharply divided on matters of faith, values, and public policy. Over the past several decades both groups -- who together encompass about half of the US population -- have grown closer across a range of religious, moral,...

Fourth Meeting of Catholics and Evangelicals for the Common Good

December 9, 2010
Georgetown University hosted this fourth meeting of Catholics and Evangelicals for the Common Good (CECG), an on-going dialogue initiative spearheaded by the Sider Center on Ministry and Public Policy and Georgetown University through the Berkley Center. Dialogue focused on promoting civil...

Third Meeting of Catholics and Evangelicals for the Common Good

March 19, 2009
Eastern University hosted this third meeting of Catholics and Evangelicals for the Common Good (CECG), an on-going dialogue initiative spearheaded by the Sider Center on Ministry and Public Policy and Georgetown University through the Berkley Center. Discussion centered on themes of poverty,...

Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue on the Common Good

April 24, 2008
In April 2008, Georgetown University inaugurated an evangelical-Catholic dialogue that would focus on ways for the resources of the two traditions to contribute to the common good and for Catholics and evangelicals to develop mutually acceptable public policies. Sponsored by the Berkley Center,...

Finding the Common Ground for the Common Good: Toward an Evangelical Catholic Partnership on Public Policy

March 1, 2006
In March 2006, Catholics and Evangelicals met at Georgetown University Law Center to discuss "Finding the Common Ground for the Common Good: Toward an Evangelical Catholic Partnership on Public Policy." Georgetown participants included John Borelli, John Carr, and John P. Langan, S.J.; leading...