Why Care? Education Guide

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Why Care? is an on online education resource produced by the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, accessible at: www.whycare.ie. This educational initiative has been designed to introduce students and young people to contemporary social justice issues. This website helps to propel complex concepts of social justice from the abstract into the practical. These concepts are broken down into digestible chunks that are then explained in the modern Irish context. Focusing on social justice in general, then housing and homelessness, and crime and prison, the website provides a step-by-step introduction to understanding the many dimensions of these issues. It is hoped that the site will encourage informed debate among young people and will underline the importance of acting for social justice.

Click here to download the educator's guide.

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Solidarity: The Missing Link in Irish Society (1992)

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Written by Tim Hamilton, Brian Lennon, Gerry O'Hanlon & Frank Sammon

This deals with such questions as: Why has the position of deprived people in Ireland improved so little over the past twenty years? Why is there still bitterness an enmity in the Northern conflict? What is the link between Christianity and our secular world? The authors of this book argue that a greater solidarity between different groups in Ireland is necessary if any of us are to live proper human lives. They stress particularly the passionate love that God has for deprived people and the demands this makes on the better off.

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The Meaning is in the Shadows (2003)

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A collection of writings spanning the career of well known social campaigner Peter McVerry. In 1974, as a newly-ordained Jesuit priest, Fr McVerry chose to live and work in the inner city with a small group from his order. He began working with young people from severely disadvantaged families and communities. To a young priest from a middle-class background the experience was a complete culture shock. It opened his eyes to what is happening in our very divided society and called into question his understanding of God. This book contains his reflections on these experiences.

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Catholic Social Teaching in Action (2005)

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Edited by Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice

Social teaching has sometimes been called the church's 'best kept secret'. The aim of this book is to make some of this teaching more widely known. The book brings together authors from a variety of backgrounds, men and women, Jesuits and lay, to explore some aspects of Catholic social teaching. The articles are written in readily accessible language and the areas covered include: the vision inspired by the notion of the dignity of the human person; social teaching and education; subsidiarity and the family etc. Catholic Social Teaching is a rich source to be drawn on for many areas of life. It has importance for personal and interpersonal, social and societal relationships, as well as relationships between nations and peoples.

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