University of Chicago
William T. Cavanaugh
Published upon the heels of the global financial collapse of 2008, Benedict XVI’s social encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, has been received with great controversy in America. Conservatives have criticized the encyclical’s indictment of neoliberal policies while progressives have severed the encyclical’s social concerns from their origin in the sanctity of human life. This panel discussion of Caritas in Veritate will consider the encyclical in light of the tradition of Catholic social teaching, the political difficulties facing economic reform, and the challenge of inter-religious dialogue.
David Nirenberg is Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Professor in the John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought, the Department of History, and in the College. His research and writing focuses on social relations between Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Spain and the Mediterranean during the Medieval period. His published works include Communities of Violence: Persecution of Minorities in the Middle Ages and the forthcoming The Figure of the Jew: from Ancient Egypt to the Present.
William T. Cavanaugh is a Professor of Catholic Studies and Director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul University. He holds an M.A. from Cambridge University and a PhD from Duke University. His areas of specialization are in political theology, economic ethics, and ecclesiology. Cavanaugh has published numerous books and articles, including Migrations of the Holy: Theologies of State and Church, The Myth of Religious Violence: Secular Ideology and the Roots of Modern Conflict, and Field Hospital: the Church’s Engagement in Markets, Politics, and Conflict (forthcoming).