Lecture — "No Room at the Inn? Catholic Social Teaching and Homelessness"


Location: Hesburgh Library, Carey Auditorium

About the Lecture

This lecture will examine key principles within Catholic Social Teaching and consider their application to Ireland's housing crisis. Both globally and locally, access to affordable and safe housing is becoming more difficult, raising serious questions about economics, social inclusion, and the common good. How might Catholic Social Teaching contribute to such a discussion? And what does the Irish context reveal about the challenges of accessing decent housing and safeguarding human dignity?

About the Speaker

Suzanne Mulligan

Theology Faculty and Director of Programmes

Pontifical University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Suzanne Mulligan is a graduate of the Pontifical University, Maynooth. She was a Lecturer in Moral Theology at the Milltown Institute, Dublin (2004-2011) before being appointed to the Faculty of Theology at Maynooth. She held the Finlay Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Theology at the Milltown Institute between 2006 and 2008. At Maynooth, she was Director of the Higher Diploma in Theological Studies (2012-2019). She is currently coordinator of the Masters in Contemporary Ethics at the Pontifical University. Dr. Mulligan is a member of the Planning Committee (European representative) for Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Moral Theology. She is also a member of the Association of Moral Theologians. She was invited as a guest lecturer on the Masters in Interreligious Dialogue at the University of Lugano, Switzerland.


This event is sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns, Nanovic Institute for European Studies, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, and Department of Theology.

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