‘Churches must work for Social Revolution’, says Jesuit Priest in New Book

Jesuit priest and leading social justice campaigner, Fr Peter McVerry, has called on the Christian churches to look afresh at the social implications of the life and message of Jesus. Speaking at the launch of his new book, Jesus: Social Revolutionary?, Fr McVerry said:

Challenging the Christian churches to re-examine their priorities he said:

“For me, the life and work of Jesus should mean that a huge commitment to social justice should be at the heart of all the Christian churches preach and do. However, it appears to me that the Churches’ emphasis on personal conversion fails to go beyond the personal, to emphasise the radical economic, social and political consequences of such conversion.”

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Co-Locating Central Mental Hospital with Thornton Hall Prison Less Enlightened than the Victorians

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 JCFJ

 

6 April, 2008

 

There is no possible therapeutic reason to relocate the Central Mental Hospital from Dundrum to a site adjoining the new Thornton Hall prison complex, says the Central Mental Hospital Carers Group, a voluntary group of relatives and carers of patients in the hospital.

Patients not Prisoners

Writing in the April 2008 issue of Working Notes, the journal of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, the Carers Group says it must not be forgotten that people detained in the Central Mental Hospital ‘are patients, not prisoners’: it is because of their mental illness they have come into the criminal justice system.

The Group notes that when the Central Mental Hospital was proposed 150 years ago, the authorities of the time rejected the idea of locating it beside a prison: “It is ironic that the Victorians could make such an enlightened decision yet modern Irish politicians can decide to co-locate the proposed new hospital with new prison facilities.” Pointing out that moving the hospital to the Thornton Hall site will “inevitably and irreversibly associate its patients with criminality”, the Carers Group says: “This surely is against the ethos of mental health care in any civilised society.”

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Working Notes: Thornton Hall Prison - A Progressive Move?

Thornton Hall Prison - A Progressive Move?

 

The April 2008 issue of Working Notes focuses attention on several major issues concerning the proposed relocation to the new prison complex at Thornton Hall of both the Central Mental Hospital and the Dóchas Centre, the women’s prison in Mountjoy.

 

Drawing on the experience of its members who are relatives and friends of patients in the hospital, the Central Mental Hospital Carers Group argues that there are no possible therapeutic reasons for locating the hospital beside the prison. On the contrary, the move will mean the loss of many of the advantages of the hospital’s present location in Dundrum. The Carers Group shows that there is a feasible alternative, which would enable much-needed new hospital facilities to be provided on the existing site.

 

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Update the Hard Copy of "Towards a Directory of Irish Criminological Research"

 
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Since the launch of Towards a Directory of Irish Criminological Research, we have been very encouraged by the cooperation and positive feedback and we are happy to know that many people find both the printed and electronic versions of the Directory useful. Therefore, we have decided to update and reprint the hard copy of the Directory.

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Jesuit Centre Welcomes Government Plan to Build Appropriate Child Detention Facilities

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Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice

 

6 March 2008

 

The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice welcomes today’s announcement by the Minister for Children, Brendan Smith TD, of a new national detention facility to cater for children who are ordered by the courts to be detained. 
Commenting on the announcement, Fr Tony O’Riordan SJ, Director of the Centre, said:
“I particularly welcome the fact that this development will mean that responsibility for 16 and 17 year olds will transfer from the Irish Prison Service to the Irish Youth Justice Service so that young people of this age will no longer be subject to the regime of a prison for adults. This decision should mean that they will be detained in a more positive environment that recognises their potential for development and promotes their re-integration into society.”

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