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Freedom in Christ (Part 2)

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

6:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT

Live Streamed

Catholic Information Center

1501 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States

Co-sponsored with:

Thomisitic Institute

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What does it mean to be truly free? Is it merely a matter of exercising our rights and resisting coercion? Or is it something more? This four-part series aims to illumine the freedom Christ promises in the life of grace, and to discern how this be lived out in today’s world.

Part Two-Freedom and Principles of Catholic Social Thought

This talk first sketches a “Catholic constitution of liberty” drawing on the paradoxical assertion in Centesimus Annus §41 that liberty is predicated on a dependent, obedient posture that is proper to rational creatures. I argue that the principles of a free society, antecedently cherished by classical liberals, with some variation, can be derived from this liberty of dependence. This lecture secondly develops a thesis about the possibility of a natural alliance between Catholic thought and classical liberalism, especially in regard to contemporary threats to the common good rooted in both collectivist and individualist attacks on the family and constituting a new formulation of the social question.

This event is free, open to the public, and will be followed by a reception with light refreshments.

About the Speaker

Catherine Ruth Pakaluk, PhD, received her doctorate in economics from Harvard University and is an associate professor of social research and economic thought in the Busch School of Business at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She lives in Hyattsville, Maryland, with her husband and their eight children.

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