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Catholic Social Thought and the Law

Introductory Resources

These resources provide basic background information on Catholic Social Teaching and Catholic Social Thought.

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BC Law Dean Vincent D. Rougeau on Catholic Social Thought

Dean Vincent D. Rougeau is an expert in Catholic social thought.

Catholic Social Thought and the Law

Selected works of Gregory Kalscheur, S.J., Dean of the Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences at Boston College, and Cathleen Kaveny, Professor and Libby Chair at Boston College Law School, related to Catholic Social Thought and the Law.

Pope Francis and Catholic Social Teaching

Although Pope Francis' view on Catholic Social Thought and Teaching do not differ much from his predecessors, he has released more information on his thinking in his second encyclical, Laudato Si', in speeches he has given and in a recent TED talk.

The Pope has also released information on his view of Catholic Social Thought and Teaching in a TED talk. Here he provides commentary on the world, and calls for equality, solidarity and tenderness to prevail, stating "let us help each other, all together, to remember that the 'other' is not a statistic, or a number."

After four years as Pope, individuals at Georgetown University have held a panel to discuss the "Francis Factor," which featured a moderated conversation:

  • Archbishop Christophe Pierre was appointed as the new papal nuncio to the United States on April 12, 2016. He previously served as the nuncio to Mexico, Haiti, and Uganda.

And a reflection panel:

  • Kim Daniels was appointed by Pope Francis to the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications in 2016. She served as the spokesperson for the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops under both Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz.
  • Maria Teresa Gastón is managing director of the Foundations of Christian Leadership Program at the Duke Divinity School.  
  • Hon. Kenneth Hackett served as U.S. ambassador to the Holy See from 2013 until January 2017. He previously served as CEO and President of Catholic Relief Services.
  • John Carr is the founder and director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University.