June 24, 2016:
About the Awardee and Speaker: Sr. Helen Prejean, C.S.J. received the Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Award for her contributions in the Ministry Against the Death Penalty, while John Carr, of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University, lectured on the topic: "Faithful Citizenship in 2016: Is There Common Ground to Pursue the Common Good?" This video was recorded live on June 24th, 2016 at The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
Read more about Sr. Prejean and here work here: http://www.sisterhelen.org/
Read more about the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life here: https://catholicsocialthought.georgetown.edu/.
About the Lecture: Both Pope Francis and the U.S. Catholic bishops insist, "responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation" (Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship 2015, no. 13). John Carr explores what that means in the surprising and challenging politics of 2016. Carr served for more than two decades as the director of justice and peace efforts at the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Conference and as a Residential Fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics. He examines the mission and message of Pope Francis in public life and offers some directions and dangers for the Church and Catholics in this election year. Carr also looks at the promise and problems of Cardinal Bernardin’s call for a consistent ethic of life and his search for common ground in a polarized nation and Church. Looking to the future, he suggests where Catholics might find common ground to pursue the common good in U.S. public life.