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Dean George Garvey Serves on Scientific Advisory Panel to the Vatican

Catholic University law school Acting Dean George Garvey attended the annual meeting of the Scientific Committee of the Vatican Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation in Rome from Sept. 19-21. Meetings and presentations were held at locations in the Vatican.  

The purpose of the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation is to “help promote the study and diffusion of the social doctrine of the Catholic Church.”  The Scientific Committee’s charge is “to study subjects pertaining to the social doctrine of the Catholic Church, monitor educational programs and recommend cultural initiatives.”  Practically, the scientific committee organizes the several conferences held annually by the foundation. 
Other members of the committee include Professor Andrew Abela, the chair of CUA’s Department of Business and Economics, and professors from universities in Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and Germany.   
The committee’s agenda included the products of the last annual conference in May 2012, “Institutions, Society and Markets: Towards a New International Balance,” which dealt in significant part with the international debt crisis and the complexities of financial reform. Plans were also made for next year’s annual conference, which will focus on economic growth as it relates to solidarity and employment.
During the afternoon, a joint meeting of the foundation board and the scientific committee was addressed by Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the Prefect of the Congregation of Bishops; Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization; and Archbishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Council of Sciences and the Pontifical Council of Social Sciences.