“An authentic faith … always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave this earth somehow better than we found it … . If indeed ‘the just ordering of society and of the state is a central responsibility of politics,’ the Church, ‘cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice.’”- Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, No. 183
The impact of faith on politics is examined in text, talks, discussion, and excursion not to debating topics but with the goal of promoting Catholic Social Teaching and the Gospel Message in the public sphere.
Faith and Politics Speakers
David Elliot is an Assistant Professor of Moral Theology and Ethics at the Catholic University of America. He came to CUA in 2017 following a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship as Research Associate in Theological Ethics at Cambridge University, where he was concurrently a Research Associate in ethics at The Von Hügel Institute, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge. His research focuses on virtue ethics and the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, and includes work on the theological virtue of hope, Christian social ethics, Scripture and ethics, and the art of dying. He received his Ph.D. in moral theology at the University of Notre Dame in 2014, and wrote his dissertation on theological hope.
Elliot has worked on ethical and social issues with the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales, as well as members of the British House of Lords, and he is an ethics analyst for the BBC. We are lucky to have him on faculty in the School of Theology and Religious studies now that he has moved to the United States with his family.
Tim Roemer completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of California at San Diego. He earned a master’s and a doctoral degree in American government from the University of Notre Dame. He is a former U.S. Member of Congress, where he proudly served from 1991-2003 as the Representative for Indiana’s 3rd Congressional District. He was a 9/11 Commissioner, and helped pass the Commission’s recommendations into law. He was also a member of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Presidential Task Force on Combating the Ideology of Radical Extremism, the 21st Century National Parks Commission, the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, and the 9/11 FBI Review Commission. In 2009, he was appointed U.S. Ambassador to India, one of America’s largest diplomatic missions. During his time in office, Ambassador Roemer helped move India from being America’s 25th largest trading partner to 12th. He oversaw the signing of the Counterterrorism Cooperation Initiative, worked with the U.S. government to assist India on the Global Center for Nuclear Energy Partnership, and strengthened U.S. cooperation with India in technology transfers and sales in the defense and space industries.
He now works at APCO worldwide as a senior strategic counselor. He works with clients on government relations and market entry issues. With his background in international trade, education policy, and national security, Ambassador Roemer is a trusted consensus-builder, problem solver, and international expert.
My favorite day was the touring of the Capitol with Mr. Ferguson, former Congressman from New Jersey. It was particularly interesting because he knew the places he wanted to show us because he had been there and it was great for us to get into the VIP places of the Capitol building that not many people get to. –Martina, Participant 2016