Jesuit Centre says Ireland’s lenient 2030 climate targets do little for climate justice

Mary RobinsonThe Centre has criticised the Government’s position towards tackling climate change, following the European Commission’s recent publication of its 2030 targets for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, for each Member State.

Ireland received significant concessions, reducing its 2030 targets significantly, in comparison to the targets of other EU Member States. While some have described the targets as ‘fair’ and ‘balanced’, the Centre claims that they do little for the world’s poorest, whose lives and livelihoods are already at risk because of climate change.

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Reading Between the Lines of The Joy of Love

amoris laetitiaLiberals have argued that the Apostolic Exhortation by Pope Francis, The Joy of Love, is disappointingly traditionalist.Traditionalists, ironically, are disturbed that it is too innovative. 

In an article in the June Furrow JCFJ staff member Gerry O’Hanlon outlines why he thinks that, by reading between the lines, the traditionalists are closer to the truth, but he sees this truth as potentially revolutionary and liberating for Church reform.

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Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice to jointly host seminar on Laudato Si’on June 8th

caring for our common home1Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice to jointly host seminar on Laudato Si’on June 8th

On June 8th, the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice and Trόcaire, in association with the Loyola Institute (Trinity College Dublin) will host a seminar event titled ‘Caring for our Common Home; Towards an Integrated Perspective on Society and the Environment’. The seminar will mark the first anniversary of the publication of Laudato Si’, the social and environmental encyclical letter from Pope Francis.

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Criticism Directed at Asylum Process at Launch of 'Search for Refuge'

searching for refuge jcfjAt the launch of ‘The Search for Refuge’, the May 2016 issue of Working Notes (the Journal of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice), Judge McMahon expressed frustration at the failure to meaningfully improve living conditions and supports for asylum applicants in Ireland. During 2015, the average processing time doubled for first instance cases, and by the end of the year, the number of pending cases had trebled. To read more, ‘Search for Refuge’ can be accessed at www.workingnotes.ie

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Timely signing of the Paris Agreement on Earth Day, but much more is needed

Paris AgreementsThis Earth Day, Friday 22nd April, world leaders gather to sign the Paris Agreement. Although the Agreement reflects political consensus on tackling climate change, action is urgently required to help translate ambition into reality. Catherine Devitt, environmental justice officer with the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice argues that we need to move beyond a narrow framing of environmental problems, to embrace a more holistic perspective which helps transform how we view our relationships with each other and the environment. 

Image: Paris Agreement (google creative commons)

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