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Erroneous Autonomy: The Catholic Case Against Libertarianism

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Erroneous Autonomy: The Catholic Case Against Libertarianism

June 3, 2014

Bread for the World
425 3rd Street, SW, Suite 1200.

Much Thanks to all who attended the conference; it was a major success!

“A range of Catholic experts look at libertarianism and why it is incompatible with Catholic social teaching. The experts will examine libertarian economic, political and cultural ideas and contrast these with Catholic understandings. The keynote will be given by Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras and Chairman of the Council of Cardinals that advises Pope Francis on the universal governance of the Catholic Church.”


10:00 a.m. Registration

10:30 –Theological Roundtable: Libertarian Economics and Catholic Social Teaching.

11:45 – Q & A with audience.

12:00 – Lunch

12:40 – Introduction of Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga

12:45 – Keynote

  • Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa and Chair of Council of Cardinals (read full text here) Watch

1:15 – U.S. Significance of Cardinal Rodriguez’s comments

1:30 – Break

1:45 – Libertarianism & Politics:

2:15 – Response:

  • Mark Shields, PBS Newshour

2:30 – Q & A

3:00 – Break

3:15 – Roundtable Discussion: How Libertarianism Affects the Culture:

  • Lew Daly, Demos, Libertarianism, Families & Community
  • Maria Elena Durazo, Los Angeles Federation of Labor, Latinos, Labor & Solidarity (@MariaEDurazo)
  • John DiIulio, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Libertarianism & Social Policy (op-ed based on his remarks)
  • Matthew Boudway, Commonweal, Libertarianism and Catholic Intellectual Life (edited version of his remarks)
  • Moderator: Caitlin Hendel, President and CEO of National Catholic Reporter (@chendel)

4:30 – Q & A with audience.

4:45 – Reception

Texts, Videos, and Op-eds from the Conference:

Keynote and Response

Click here to read Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga’s keynote address

Click here to read Richard Trumka’s introductory remarks

Click here to read Bishop Blase Cupich’s remarks

Libertarianism and Politics

Click here to read IPR Director Stephen Schneck’s remarks

View Mark Shields’ remarks below

Libertarian Economics and Catholic Social Teaching

Click here to read Meghan Clark’s Remarks

View Mary Hirschfeld’s remarks below

View Msgr. Stuart Swetland’s remarks below

View Kathy Saile’s remarks below

How Libertarianism Affects the Culture

View Lew Daly’s remarks below

View Maria Elena Durazo’s remarks below

Click Here to read John DiIulio’s Op-ed

Click here to read Matthew Boudway’s Remarks

In the News:

Catholic and libertarian? Pope’s top adviser says they’re incompatible by David Gibson in the Washington Post

Cardinal staunchly defends pope’s critiques of capitalism by Joshua J. McElwee in National Catholic Reporter

Cardinal Tackles Libertarian Individualism as Harmful to Solidarity by Peter Jesserer Smith

Can you be Catholic and libertarian? by Melinda Henneberger

Cardinal Rodriguez veers from prepared remarks to combat “big beast” of libertarian economics by Dawn Eden

RCs vs. Libertarianism, Part I by Michael Sean Winters

RCs vs. Libertarianism, Part II by Michael Sean Winters

Response to Cardinal Dolan by Morning’s Minion

Key Thoughts from “Erroneous Autonomy: The Catholic Case against Libertarianism” (Part 1) by Robert Christian

Why Tea Party Catholicism Is a No Go by Christopher Hale

The Catholic Faith or Libertarianism: Pick One by Robert Christian

Conference Photos:

Click here to view