The Story of Faithful Citizenship: History, Context, Directions, and Dangers
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Politics and Catholic Social Teaching.“The Story of ‘Faithful Citizenship’: History, Context, Directions, and Dangers,” A talk by John CarrExecutive Director of the Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.He helps the bishops develop and apply Catholic Social Teaching and oversees the Conference’s policy and advocacy efforts on major national and international issues.Given at Creighton University Thursday, April 17, 7:00 p.m., Creighton University School of LawThis event was co-sponsored by the Kripke Center for the Study of Religion and Society and the Graff Chair of Catholic Theology. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Speaker Biography (from the USCCB): John Carr, Executive Director, Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development United States Conference of Catholic BishopsJohn Carr serves as Executive Director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development at the United States Catholic Bishops' Conference. In this role, he assists the U.S. bishops in sharing Catholic social teaching, advocating on major issues of justice and peace and building the Catholic community's capacity to act on its social mission. The Department he leads includes the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, which is the Bishops' anti-poverty program, and is guided by two Bishops' Committees: Domestic Justice and Human Development and International Justice and PeaceJohn leads Catholic Bishops' policy development and advocacy efforts on a wide range of national and global issues. He has assisted the U.S. Bishops in developing a number of major statements, including: Communities of Salt and Light, Sharing Catholic Teaching, Everyday Christianity and Faithful Citizenship. He has represented the U.S. Bishops' Conference at the Vatican and in the Middle East, Central America, Southern Africa, Southeast Asia and Russia.For three decades, John has been a leader in Catholic social ministry, serving at the Bishops' Conference and as Cardinal Hickey's Secretary of Social Concerns in Washington, DC; as Education Director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and as Legislative Coordinator for the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis.Outside the Church, John served as Executive Director of the White House Conference on Families and as Director of the National Committee for Full Employment. He currently serves on the board of Bread for the World, the National Religious Partnership for the Environment, the Catholic Health Association and the Law School of the University of St. Thomas.John is a graduate of St. John Vianney Seminary and the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. John received the "Vision Award" from Catholic Charities USA and the Msgr. John Egan Award by the National Pastoral Life Center and was named a "Hunger Hero" by Bread for the World.John and his wife, Linda, have four children.