New Seminar: Catholic Social Teaching and Economics

A Study of Catholic Social Doctrine and its Implications for Economic Policy in the United States
Initial Meeting scheduled for April 11, 2015 at St Anselm’s Abbey

The Lonergan Institute for the “Good Under Construction” is pleased to present its newest and latest seminar: A Study of Catholic Social Doctrine and its Implications for Economic Policy in the United States. Beginning on April 11th, we will initiate a study of economics and Catholic social justice teachings, relying on The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, compiled by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, as well as supporting economic insights that would be provided by entering into selected readings from the Catholic economist and philosopher, Fr. Bernard Lonergan SJ. The goal of this seminar will be to develop insights into how Catholic morality and social justice teachings can be applied and understood within the current American political economy.
For our first meeting, join us in the conference room at the Lonergan Institute located within St Anselm’s Abbey at 4501 S. Dakota Avenue NE, Washington D.C., 20017-2753. The seminars will also be accessible via Skype. Mr. Richard Kral will be serving as the principal seminar leader and Br. Dunstan Robidoux OSB, as a chief organizer and fellow participant in all our discussions. The group meetings will begin at 10:30 am and end at 12:00 pm. As the seminar progresses, we will try to maximize convenience by flexibly altering both meeting times and dates according to individual needs and group consensus. At each meeting, we will select the next date and pages to be read in order to accommodate time demands as much as possible. Before each discussion, a volunteer from our group will provide a summary of the upcoming material to be covered in order to prompt future discussions. Participants in this discussion seminar are encouraged to jot down thoughts and reflections while reading in order to bring these to our discussions. If any concerns or thoughts you wish to convey outside the discussion group arise, you are of course welcome to contact Richard Kral at or Br. Dunstan at