The Future of the Euro?

euro crisis 250There is an economic crisis in Europe, in particular a deepening crisis in euro zone countries. What is the future of the Euro?

This issue of Working Notes contains four articles that address this question. The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice is one of a number of Jesuit social centres in Europe featuring articles on these topics in Jesuit-published journals during spring/summer 2012.

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Working Notes: New Dáil, New Dawn?

Working Notes: New Dáil, New Dawn?

In a Statement issued prior to the General Election in February of this year, the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice noted that in public discussions in Ireland on how to address the economic crisis reference was frequently made, by politicians and commentators, to ‘the common good’, ‘solidarity’ and ‘sustainability’. The Statement said that while this was welcome, the reality was that the mere articulation of such values was in itself of little consequence, unless there was ‘a corresponding determination to take the decisions and measures necessary to give effect to these values’.

The Programme for Government of the new Fine Gael–Labour Party Government includes many references to values such as social solidarity and equality; indeed, at the outset, the Programme states that both parties in Government are ‘committed to forging a new Ireland that is built on fairness and equal citizenship’.

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Creation of a just and sustainable model of economic development will require radical cultural change

NEWS RELEASE Friday, 29 October 2010

 

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Creation of a just and sustainable model of economic development will require radical cultural change, says Jesuit theologian

The creation of a new economic paradigm, with a focus on sustainability and fairness, will require a radical turning away from prevailing values and culture, says Jesuit priest, Fr Gerry O’Hanlon SJ, theologian and staff member of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice.

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Working Notes: What Direction for Recovery?

Working Notes: Which Direction for Recovery?

 

This issue of Working Notes is devoted to three articles which explore different possibilities in the increasingly urgent search for a type of economic development that is balanced, sustainable and just.

In the second of two articles on the theme, ‘A New Economic Paradigm?’, Gerry O’Hanlon SJ turns to some of the practical proposals now being put forward in regard to the direction and shape of future economic development. He looks at the key proposals of a number of Irish reports and also, in some detail, at a report from the London-based NEF (New Economics Foundation). The title of the NEF report – The Great Transition – and the headings of its seven core themes (for example, ‘The Great Redistribution’; ‘The Great Localisation’; ‘The Great Reskilling’) reflect the type of radical changes which the NEF considers necessary to effectively regulate markets, reform financial systems, ensure environmental sustainability, and address inequalities within and between countries.

 

 

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‘Reformed Catholicism’ could play a role in addressing economic crisis

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Monday, 29 March 2010

‘Reformed Catholicism’ could play important role in cultural renewal needed to address economic crisis

A “reformed Catholicism”, acting alongside other strands of Christianity and other religious and humanist traditions, could play an important role in the cultural and political renewal that is essential to finding a more just and sustainable economic model, says Jesuit theologian, Fr Gerry O’Hanlon SJ.

Writing in the March 2010 issue of Working Notes, the journal of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, Fr O’Hanlon says that it is tempting to think that new regulations, laws and policies alone will be sufficient to deal with the current financial and economic crisis. However, he points out, the scale and depth of the crisis, along with the growing realisation that a path of neverending growth is simply not sustainable, highlight the need for more far-reaching change.

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