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Catholic social teaching, public policy and economics – Pope Benedict, Pope Francis and beyondCatholic social teaching, public policy and economics – Pope Benedict, Pope Francis and beyond

24th June 2014
  • ResPublica

A panel discussion

Catholic social teaching seeks to provide guidance on, amongst other things, the appropriate role of the state in economic life. Pope Benedict XVI’s social encyclical, Caritas in veritate, prompted an important discussion after the financial crash about the role of ethics in business. This discussion united many who disagreed on a range of other issues. Since his election, Pope Francis has made a number of controversial statements about market economies, globalisation and inequality which have an important influence on political and economic debate. This panel discussion draws together a number of experts in the field to discuss their views on recent trends in and future directions of Catholic social teaching and its relationship to public policy and business life. After an introduction from the panellists, there will be plenty of time for open discussion.


Edward Hadas, Economics Editor at Reuters Breakingviews and author of Human Goods, Economic Evils: A Moral Approach to the Dismal Science;

Philip Booth, IEA Editorial and Programme Director, editor and co-author of Catholic Social Teaching and the Market Economy which has just been republished in an expanded second edition, and professor of insurance and risk management at Cass Business School, City University, London;

Francis Davis, former director of the Las Casas Centre, Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, editor of Catholic Social Conscience –Reflection And Action, lead author of Moral But No Compass – Church, Government And The Future of Welfare and former policy advisor to the Secretary of State for Communities And Local Government;

Kishore Jayabalan, Director of Istituto Acton and former Lead Policy Analyst to the Holy See at the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace; and

Phillip Blond, Director of Respublica and former senior lecturer in theology and philosophy at the Universities of Exeter and Cumbria.

Chaired by Edmund Adamus, Director for Marriage and Family Life, Diocese of Westminster and Founder, St John Southworth Fund.

Please note, places at this event are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. We will have a waiting list in operation so if you are no longer able to attend, please let us know.

To buy or download the second edition of Catholic Social Teaching and the Market Economy, click here.

There will be an opportunity for football fans to watch the England World Cup Game after the event.

RSVP: via email or on 0207 799 8900.

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