In 1996, the Catholic Common Ground Initiative was founded in an effort to lessen polarities and divisions that weaken the communion of the church. At the origin of the Initiative, the National Pastoral Life Center released a charter statement, “Called to Be Catholic: Church in a Time of Peril,” proposing guidelines for dialogue within the church. The Initiative begun more than twenty years ago by Cardinal Joseph Bernardin continues today.

The lecture, Dialogue in a Humbled Church speaks of the Catholic Common Ground Initiative’s call for dialogue...
John Carr is the Director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at...
Issued at the outset of his pontificate, Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium (2013) called for a...
Fr. Thomas Nairn, OFM, gave the Msgr. Philip J. Murnion Lecture. Fr. Thomas Nairn’s, entitled,...
The Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Award was presented to Bishop Ricardo Ramírez, CSB on September 29,...