Kresta in the Afternoon – June 25, 2015 – Hour 2

+  US Catholics lack knowledge of core principles of Catholic social teaching

  • Description: In a national survey conducted by the Catholic Mental Models Project, Americans were asked to select, from five options, the phrase that expressed a core principle of Catholic social teaching. Only 45% of Catholics selected the correct response—social life should be aimed at the common good. Catholics’ responses to other questions on the surveys further reveal that, even among Catholics, there is a lack of knowledge of core principles of Church social teaching. The most deficient areas, in which close to 90% of Catholics did not understand the meaning of the term or concept, were on the meaning of the common good, justice, social justice, and the role of charity in business. Also striking, 75% of more of Catholics were unclear about the meaning of the following terms or concepts: subsidiarity, charity, Catholic social teachings on hiring and firing, and Catholic social teachings on wages. We explore this study with the founder of the Catholic Mental Models Project, Andreas Widmer.
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    • Andreas Widmer
      Andreas Widmer is Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at The Catholic University of America and President of The Carpenter’s Fund. He was previously the co-founder of SEVEN Fund, a philanthropic organization run by entrepreneurs who invested in original research, books, and films to further enterprise solutions to poverty. He is the author of The Pope & The CEO: Pope John Paul II’s Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard, a book exploring leadership lessons that Widmer learned serving as a Swiss Guard protecting Pope John Paul II and refined during his career as a successful business executive.
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+  Religious Liberty and the Challenges to Conscience

  • Description: Looking at the current spate of religious liberty lawsuits over the HHS “contraception” mandate as well as many other religious liberty cases, Professor Gerard Bradley joins us to look at the cultural, political and legal clash over the meaning of religion and of freedom.
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    • Gerard Bradley
      Gerard V. Bradley is Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame, where he teaches Legal Ethics and Constitutional Law. At Notre Dame he directs (with John Finnis) the Natural Law Institute and co-edits The American Journal of Jurisprudence, an international forum for legal philosophy. Bradley has been a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University, and a Senior Fellow of the Witherspoon Institute, in Princeton, New Jersey. He served for many years as President of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars.

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