December 6th, 2011 | For more on this event, please visit:
Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs | Georgetown University

In November 1986, in the midst of an economic expansion, the Bishops of the United States published a pastoral letter on Catholic Social Teaching and its policy implications. They gave it the title “Economic Justice for All.” A quarter century later, the economy is stagnating, the Tea Party and Occupy Wall St. have emerged, and we are in the midst of a prolonged budget crisis.

- How well do the Bishops' analysis and prescriptions hold up after 25 years?
- How relevant is Catholic Social Teaching to today's economic and budget crisis?
- Does the current political deadlock on the budget reflect different views of economic justice?

The Berkley Center and the Governance Studies Program at Brookings convened a roundtable of four experts to address these questions: E.J. Dionne (Brookings Institution and Georgetown), Ross Douthat (New York Times), Christine Firer Hinze (Fordham) and Rev. Robert Sirico (Acton Institute). Center Director Tom Banchoff moderated.

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