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Loyola press release - October 2, 2008

The fall Loyola University New Orleans President’s Forum two-part series, “Election 2008: Bringing faith into the voting booth and examining America’s role in the new world order,” kicked off Wednesday, Oct.1, to a packed house. View video of the forum.

John Carr, executive director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops keynoted the forum “Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility.” Carr talked about the message he helped the bishops’ craft, which calls for a new kind of politics that favors the weak and the pursuit of the common good in election decisions. Carr stressed the responsibility of Catholics to engage in the political process in a moral, ethical way, no matter their political affiliations.

The forum, which took place at Nunemaker Auditorium, lasted about two hours and was attended by hundreds of people from within and outside of the Loyola community.

Loyola was honored to also host Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the retired archbishop of Washington, D.C., and a leader in Catholic social and political teaching, who offered his reflections on the link between faith and politics.

Dr. Larry Lorenz, Loyola’s A. Louis Read Distinguished Professor in Mass Communication, moderated a panel discussion featuring the cardinal, Loyola College of Law Dean Brian Bromberger, and Sr. Jamie Phelps, OP, Ph.D., who directs Xavier University’s Black Catholic Studies Institute. The forum was sponsored by the Jesuit Social Research Institute.

The second forum in this series takes place Oct. 29, featuring Parag Khanna, an expert in geo-political affairs and author of “Empires and Influence in the New Global Order.” Khanna will discuss the rise of second world countries and the slip in the United States’ global dominance. The forum takes place at 7 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium on Loyola’s main campus.

Loyola University’s President’s Forums on Current Issues and Controversies seek to explore and discuss some of the most compelling contemporary issues facing us today. Featuring internationally recognized scholars, the forums’ goal is to develop a dialogue with the larger community that helps us deepen our understanding and challenge us to move toward a more just and enlightened society.