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Erroneous Autonomy: The Dignity of Work

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Erroneous Autonomy: The Dignity of Work

January 10, 2017
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Father O’Connell Hall
Heritage Hall
The Catholic University of America (CUA)

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Links to Full Remarks:

Bishop Robert McElroy

Cardinal Sean O’Malley

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Schedule of Events:

2:00 p.m. Welcome Address

Stephen Schneck, Director, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies

2:05 p.m. Three Kinds of Erroneous Autonomy

Bishop Robert McElroy, Diocese of San Diego

2:35 p.m. Panel On Consumer Capitalism and the Mission of the Church


  • Sister Carol Keehan, D.C., President, Catholic Health Association: “Health Care is not a commodity”
  • Holly Taylor Coolman, Professor of Theology, Providence College: “Consumerism and family life”
  • David Cloutier, Professor of Theology, The Catholic University of America: “Consumer capitalism and the environment”
  • Joan Rosenhauer, Executive Vice-President, Catholic Relief Services: “Development & the dignity of work”


  • Melinda Henneberger, Visiting Fellow, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies

3:45 p.m. Break

4:00 p.m. “Capitalism and governance in the new Congress and Administration”

Thomas Frank, Author What’s the Matter with Kansas

4:30 p.m. “Hope: The Dignity of Work”

Cardinal Sean O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap., Archdiocese of Boston

5:00 p.m. Concluding Remarks

Richard Trumka, President AFL-CIO

Reception to follow



Co-Sponsored by CUA’s Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies and the AFL-CIO and in partnership with Brightfields Development, LLC.