"True Wealth of Nations": A Workshop Exploring Project Progress

March 13, 2009
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Berkley Center

This workshop featured the True Wealth of Nations research project, a part of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies. Attended by approximately 15 scholars and policy advisors from Georgetown, the World Bank, and elsewhere, the workshop focused on the project's central proposition: that the economic and cultural criteria identified in the tradition of Catholic social thought provide an effective path to sustainable prosperity for all. Presentations included Albino Barrera on what Catholic social thought recommends for the economy, Andrew Yuengert on identifying the meaning of sustainable prosperity within the Catholic tradition, and Mary Hirschfeld on the difficulties of employing traditional moral categories in a secular world today. It ended with a discussion of potential next steps for the True Wealth project. One recurring topic was the relative importance placed on equity concerns in Catholic social thought.
This event was co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the Woodstock Theological Center.

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