The global economic crisis has deep effects on the lives of ordinary people, in particular those who are less well-off. We have learned that growth is not always good, that markets do not always behave rationally, that unbridled capitalism is inimical to the common good. Technical solutions, while important, are not on their own sufficient. We are challenged to create the kind of value-based, more socially responsible economic system that is envisaged in Catholic Social Teaching, among many other sources.
The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice is engaged in a conversation with many other partners, both secular and ecclesial, in the search for an alternative, more integrated economic model which protects the poor and is in service of the ‘good life’ for all. We offer a number of publications which explore the direction in which this kind of alternative model might take.