It’s the Economy, Synod!: Economic Pressures and Family Life

Crux and the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life recently hosted an event that focused on the economic pressures faced by families, an important topic as we approach Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the US and the reconvening of the Synod on the Family. Crux’s John Allen provided the introductory remarks. The panel included Michael Strain of AEI, who encouraged the pope to take a more favorable view of the market and highlighted aspects of the reformicon agenda; Tarshea Smith, a union organizer with UNITE HERE, who shared her personal experiences of the reality on the ground; labor leader Richard Trumka, president of AFL-CIO, who offered a strong defense of workers and Church teaching on economic justice; and professor Maryann Cusimano Love of Catholic University, who highlighted the need to empower girls and women, along with explaining that there are many of forms of capitalism (illustrating the intellectual poverty of simply contrasting capitalism and totalitarian communism).

You can watch the full video and see highlights of the event below: