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Catholic Church and the World

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The Catholic Church has developed teachings on justice and peace that address global challenges of economic and social development, democracy and human rights, conflict resolution, and interreligious dialogue. These resources examine the Church’s engagement in world affairs, particularly in the areas of nuclear disarmament, environmental stewardship, and diplomacy.

Our Experts

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José Casanova

Senior Fellow
Department of Sociology and Department of Theology and Religious Studies

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Drew Christiansen

Senior Fellow
Walsh School of Foreign Service

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David Hollenbach

Senior Fellow
Walsh School of Foreign Service and Department of Theology

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Gerard J. McGlone

Senior Research Fellow

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Project Spotlight

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The Church and Nuclear Issues

The Berkley Center is collaborating with Notre Dame's Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Boston College's Department of Theology, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office of International Justice and Peace, and the…

Blog Posts

Interviews

Discover the firsthand experiences of faith leaders, activists, and peacebuilding practitioners working on issues ranging from development and education to conflict resolution and foreign policy.

For over a decade, Berkley Center scholars and students have been conducting interviews with individuals working at the intersection of religion and world affairs. These discussions offer unique insights into the inner workings of a wide spectrum of professions touched by religion with interviewees ranging from the highest levels of leadership of international organizations to on-the-ground practitioners. Explore individual interviews here or follow links to our interview collections below:

Current and Past Projects

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Education and Social Justice Project

A collaboration with the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service, the Education and Social Justice Project provides summer research fellowships to travel abroad for in-depth examinations of innovative initiatives, particularly within Jesuit secondary and post-secondary institutions.
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The Jesuits and Globalization

Over three years the Berkley Center’s Tom Banchoff and Jose Casanova led an interdisciplinary project on the Jesuits and globalization. The project convened an international group of scholars to explore the historical contributions of the Jesuits to…

Publications

Article June 15, 2020

Waiting for Armageddon: Theological and Ethical Aspects of Nuclear Deterrence

Despite the association of nuclear weapons with the “end of days” and its religious dimension, expressed by concepts and images found in the Bible and theology, it is apparent that these associations do not provide us with a consistent assessment of the phenomenon of “nuclear weapons”.

Videos

June 11, 2020

Global Religious and Secular Dynamics (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 14 minutes

May 26, 2020

Pope Francis and the Struggle Over the Future of Catholicism (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 2 minutes

May 12, 2020

A Certain Clarity (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 0 minutes