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28 Nov 20: US elections 2020: The impact of Catholic Social Teaching

On Saturday 28 November 2020, ACI hosted a webinar on the theme “The U.S. elections 2020: the impact of Catholic Social Teaching on Catholic voters.”

Our speaker was Patrick Carolan, a lifelong US based Catholic activist. He is the son of Irish immigrants who came to America in 1950. Patrick served for nine years as the Executive Director of the Franciscan Action Network and co-founded the Global Catholic Climate Movement with which the Cardijn Community International is affiliated.

Previously Patrick served as president of a public employee union. In 2020 Patrick served as director of Catholic outreach for Vote Common Good and was a leader in organizing the Catholics for Biden campaign.

Patrick is a frequent contributor to Catholic journals such as St Anthony’s Messenger, National Catholic Reporter and Novena News. He resides in Washington DC. 

Patrick Carolan

The webinar covered the issues that united and divided Catholics in the U.S. 2020 presidential campaign, how they might play out in the next four years and whether Catholic Social Teaching can have a significant impact on US political processes. 

Underlying these aspects is the more general issue, also relevant in Australia, of the connection between Catholic Social Teaching and the political process.  Can Catholic Social Teaching move the political dial?