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Catholic Public Intellectuals to Dialogue on War and Peace

Catholic Public Intellectuals to Dialogue on War and Peace

The 15th Annual Markoe-DePorres Social Justice Lecture will feature a dialogue on war and peace between two of the leading Catholic public intellectuals in the United States at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 2, in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom on the Creighton campus.

George Weigel is distinguished senior fellow, Ethics & Public Policy Center, in Washington, D.C. The Rev. Drew Christiansen, S.J., is editor-in-chief of America magazine, the national Jesuit weekly. The topic of their individual lectures and conversation will be “The Challenge of Peace 25 Years Later: Landmark or Lost Opportunity? Has the US Bishops’ Teaching on War and Peace Made a Difference?”

The event, sponsored by the Justice & Peace Studies Program and the Creighton College of Arts & Sciences, is free and open to the public. The Challenge of Peace: God’s Promise and Our Response: A Pastoral Letter on War and Peace was published by the US Catholic Bishops in 1983. Each speaker will consider the influence of this highly publicized and controversial letter in a 25-minute lecture, then each will be given 5 minutes for a response, followed by a question and answer from the audience.

Weigel is the author of “Tranquillitas Ordinis: The Present Failure and Future Promise of American Catholic Thought on War and Peace.” He has been a leading critic of The Challenge of Peace, and was perhaps the most vocal U.S. Catholic voice supporting the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He is also the author of the widely-acclaimed “Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II,” which has been translated into 13 languages and has sold half a million copies. He was awarded the papal cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice. Weigel serves as Vatican affairs analyst for NBC News and is a Newsweek contributor.

Christiansen is a Jesuit theologian and ethicist. From 1991 to 1998 he headed the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Office of International Justice and Peace, and from 1998-2004 served as counselor for international affairs with special responsibility for the Middle East. He was the lead staff person in the drafting of the bishops' pastoral, “The Harvest of Justice Is Sown in Peace,” on the 10th anniversary of the 1983 document. Pope John Paul II appointed Christiansen as expert for the 1997 Synod of America, and he served as a member of the Holy See Observer Delegation to the November, 1999, World Trade Organization ministerial meeting in Seattle.

For more information, contact Roger Bergman, director of the Justice & Peace Studies Program, at 280-1492 or

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