A panel discussion, held on Oct. 1, was the first event sponsored by the New Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life. Inspired by the election of Pope Francis I, the Initiative, as part of the Office of the President, is designed to educate this generation of Catholic leaders and promote the idea of Catholic social teaching in the modern world.
“The pursuit of justice, equality, and peace has a deep resonance within our community, here at Georgetown,” President John DeGioia said. “Our founder, John Carroll created for us the vision of an institution that would be both distinctly Catholic and distinctly American … A commitment to the common good, which lies at the heart of Catholic social teaching, entails a commitment … to bringing Catholic faith and modern life, especially the experience of freedom and diversity, into fruitful contact.”
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, said, “Pope Francis is offering a new notion of grace … His program is not a political one… but it is faith in action, the gospel at work.” He noted that Pope Francis offers passion for the poor and the vulnerable.