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    Symposium Tackles the Interaction of Faith and Politics

    Feb. 10, 2005

    Timely discussion focuses on the role of religious values in creating public policy

    It seems after the recent presidential election that the nation stands divided among certain issues, specifically at the crossroads of faith and politics.

    Some of the nation’s top scholars and public policy experts will gather to address this compelling issue at Faith and Politics: Conversations About Values in the Public Sphere, a symposium hosted by Duquesne’s McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts.

    The symposium will be held on Monday, March 7 from 9:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Duquesne Room of the Duquesne Union. It is free and open to the public.

    The symposium will focus on understanding how faith and politics interact, specifically how religious values have played an increasing role in our political process in recent years, and how the politics and public affairs of today are almost impossible to understand without appreciating the central but contentious role of religion in American public life and in global politics.

    “It’s clear that the appropriateness of religion in political discourse has become part of a national debate that will continue for some time,” said Dr. Francesco Cesareo, dean of the McAnulty College. “This symposium places Duquesne at the forefront of this debate and will allow us to make an important contribution toward a proper understanding of the relationship between faith and politics.”

    The symposium’s two plenary speakers are Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, president of The Institute on Religion and Public Life, and Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, archbishop of Washington D.C. In addition, scholars from Duquesne, Furman University and Robert Morris University are among those participating in the event’s panel discussions on the separation of church and state, and religion and voting behavior. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ann Rodgers will moderate a special interfaith panel on faith and citizenship.

    Dinner is available for $30. To register and to make a dinner reservation, call 412.396.6387, e-mail or visit

    About Fr. Richard John Neuhaus
    Fr. Richard John Neuhaus serves as president of The Institute on Religion and Public Life, a nonpartisan inter-religious research and education institute in New York City. Acclaimed as one of the foremost authorities on the role of religion in the contemporary world, Fr. Neuhaus also is editor in chief of the Institute’s publication, First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life. Among his best-known books are: Freedom for Ministry, The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America, Believing Today: Jew and Christian in Conversation (with Rabbi Leon Klenicki), and Appointment in Rome: The Church in American Awakening.

    About Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick
    Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick was installed as archbishop of Washington, D.C. in January 2001. Just seven weeks later, he was elevated to the College of Cardinals by Pope John Paul II. A prominent member of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops prior to his installation as archbishop of Washington, Cardinal McCarrick has visited many nations as a human rights advocate and to survey humanitarian needs. In 1998, he was one of three American clerics invited to visit China and discuss religious freedoms in that country.

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