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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

The Church, the Economy, and Social Justice: Reflections on Caritas in Veritate

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Daniel Finn, St. John’s University
Robert Imbelli, Boston College
Stephen Pope, Boston College
Date: Thursday, October 8, 2009
Time: 5:00-6:30 PM
Location: Gasson 305

As the world recovered from a global economic crisis in June 2009, Pope Benedict XVI released an important papal encyclical on human economic development. Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth) addresses important social questions at length from a Catholic perspective, and has prompted much discussion on both the political left and right. The Boisi Center brings together a panel of experts to reflect on the theological basis as well as the practical significance of the encyclical.

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Daniel Finn is a professor of economics and theology at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Professor Finn is the current president of the Society of Christian Ethics and a past president of both the Catholic Theological Society of America and the Association for Social Economics. Professor Finn has written extensively on Catholic social thought and economics and his recent work includes The Moral Ecology of Markets: Assessing Claims about Markets and Justice (Cambridge, 2006) as well as articles in both Commonweal and Origins. He has received numerous recognitions for his contributions to theology and economics, including the Monica Hellwig Award from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities for outstanding contributions to Catholic intellectual life.

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Robert Imbelli is an associate professor at Boston College and a priest of the Archdiocese of New York. Father Imbelli completed his S.T.L. at the Gregorian University in Rome and obtained his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Yale University. He was the director of the Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry at Boston College from 1986 to 1993, and is a past member of the board of the Catholic Theological Society of America. He edited and introduced the volume, "Handing on the Faith: the Church's Mission and Challenge," in Boston College's Church in the 21st Century series. He is also the author of several articles and chapters on Catholic systematic theology. His research interests include Christology, Trinitarian theology, and Christian spirituality.

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Stephen Pope is a professor of theology at Boston College. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and has since taught and written extensively on social ethics and theological ethics. Professor Pope is a member of the Society of Christian Ethics and the Catholic Theological Society of America. In 2007, he completed his most recent work, Human Evolution and Christian Ethics (Cambridge, 2007). He is also the author of The Evolution of Altruism and the Ordering of Love (Georgetown, 1994) and editor of Essays on the Ethics of St. Thomas Aquinas (Georgetown, 2001).

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