Economic Crises as an Opportunity for Change – a Christian Contribution

Reinhard Cardinal Marx

Experts are still debating whether the worst of the global financial and economic crisis is over; the combination of modest growth and continued high unemployment and political tension presents a mixed picture.


Despite this uncertainty, there is broad agreement that the national and international institutions that enabled the crisis in the first place are in need of reform.

"The economic sphere is neither ethically neutral, nor inherently inhuman and opposed to society. It is part and parcel of human activity and precisely because it is human, it must be structured and governed in an ethical manner," so Pope Benedict XVI.

At this seminar, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich, an expert on Catholic Social Teaching, will examine its relevance to the current international predicament and discuss economic crisis as an opportunity for far-reaching change. Only an economic system centered on the human person, he will argue, can generate societies that are both prosperous and just in the long run.

Please rsvp directly to The luncheon discussion will be held at the Berkley Center's conference room (3rd floor) at 3307 M Street NW. Lunch will be served.

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Berkley Center, Georgetown University at 3307 M Street NW


Soziale Marktwirtschaft als Antwort auf globale Krisen
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Dr. Lars Hänsel


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Cardinal Reinhard Marx