Catholic Citizens Forum Luncheon on August 14, 2020, featured Dr. Catherine Ruth Pakaluk: “ANSWERING THE CLARION CALL FOR SOCIALISM.” [LUNCHEON WAS SOLD OUT!]


Jesus cautioned us: “Beware of false prophets . . . You will know them by their fruits. . . Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore, by their fruits you will know them.”

Despite its blood-stained history, some again now that socialism is the answer to what ails our body politic. What gave rise to these new calls for socialism? Can the Catholic Church ever accept socialism as valid?

What is the Catholic answer to socialism? On August 14, 2020 at our Catholic Citizens Forum Luncheon, Catherine Pakaluk, co-author of “Can A Catholic be a Socialist?” Director of Social Research and Assistant Professor at the Busch Business School at Catholic University of America, spoke on: “Answering the Clarion Call for Socialism.”

Note: Our luncheons are fully COVID compliant.


Dr. Catherine Ruth Pakaluc

Co-author of the highly acclaimed “Can A Catholic Be A Socialist,” Catherine Ruth Pakaluk (Ph.D, 2010) joined the faculty at the Catholic University of America’s Busch School of Business in the summer of 2016, and there also founded its Social Research academic area. Dr. Pakaluk now is an Assistant Professor of Social Research and Economic Thought at the Busch school. Her primary areas of research include economics of education and religion, family studies and demography, Catholic social thought and political economy.

Before joining the faculty at the Busch school, Pakaluk was Assistant Professor and Chair of the Economics Department at Ave Maria University.
Dr. Pakaluk is the 2015 recipient of the Acton Institute’s Novak Award, a prize given for “significant contributions to the study of the relationship between religion and economic liberty.”

Dr. Pakaluk did her doctoral work at Harvard University under Caroline Hoxby, David Cutler, and 2016 Nobel-laureate Oliver Hart. Her dissertation, “Essays in Applied Microeconomics”, examined the relationship between religious ‘fit’ and educational outcomes, the role of parental effort in observed peer effects and school quality, and theoretical aspects of the contraceptive revolution as regards twentieth century demographic trends.

Beyond her formal training in economics, Dr. Pakaluk studied Catholic social thought under the mentorship of F. Russell Hittinger, and various aspects of Thomistic thought with Steven A. Long. She is a widely-admired writer and sought-after speaker on matters of culture, gender, social science, the vocation of women, and the work of Edith Stein.

Dr. Pakaluc lives in Maryland with her husband Michael Pakaluk and eight children.

Luncheons are at 11:45 a.m. at the Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago. Tickets $40.00. Business attire. Reservations required. Call Maureen at 708-352-5834.