“A Common Morality for the Global Age”

Report of a symposium at Catholic University of America.

The gathering was the result of a request to Catholic University from Pope Benedict XVI in October 2004, before he became pope. It drew thinkers from several religious traditions and experts in philosophy, theology, ethics, politics and religion from several nations.

In requesting the symposium the future pope — then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith — wrote: “The Catholic Church has become increasingly concerned by the contemporary difficulty in finding a common denominator among the moral principles held by all people, which are based on the constitution of the human person and which function as the fundamental criteria for law, affecting the rights and duties of all.”