How Catholic Progressives View the Role of Faith in Governance
In February, 55 Catholic Democratic members of Congress signed a "Statement of Principles," emphasizing their commitment to their faith and confirming their belief that government has "moral purpose." In this statement, they affirm the church’s role in providing moral leadership but also point to the "primacy of conscience" as a guiding force in making legislative decisions.
During this conversation, we will explore the challenges that exist for public servants who are motivated by Catholic social teaching but disagree with Church leaders on controversial political issues. How do they remain true to their religious beliefs and their political conscience? How do they balance their private obligation to their faith and their public duty to preserve the separation of church and state?
Please join the Center for American Progress for a thought-provoking discussion of these vital issues.