In the development of civil society, the emergence of modern economies, the establishment of limits on government power, and an understanding of the centrality of the human person, prominent Dominicans such as St. Catherine of Siena, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Tomas de Mercado have left a profound mark.
Their wisdom is still needed today as modern societies assume the validity of relativism, reject natural law, detach liberty from truth, and look to the state for solutions that are better found in civil society. Questions such as “What is freedom for?” and “How should we live together?” too often go unanswered. We need the insights of the great Dominican scholars of the past to help us navigate and overcome contemporary challenges.
This year’s conference follows our November 29, 2017 event, Globalization, Justice, and the Economy: The Jesuit Contribution, at the Pontifical Gregorian University which was attended by approximately 400 people and deemed an extraordinary success by the university’s faculty, students and staff. This event, which can be watched online, inspired Acton to organize this and, we hope, other such meetings in Rome.