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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The Recession and God, Reading the Signs of the Times

The Recession and God, Reading the Signs of the TimesThis is a different account of the current recession in Ireland and world-wide. Gerry O'Hanlon SJ draws on the rich resources of the Christian tradition to argue for the need for a new, more socially responsible, economic paradigm. He proposes a vision of the common good, inspired by the values of justice and solidarity, which rules out any simple return to 'business as usual'. Instead he urges that we use this time of crisis as an opportunity to pool our resources (both secular and religious) in committing ourselves to the search for a more sustainable future. This extended essay shows the relevance of theological thought for practical living, of Christianity for the public square.

 

 

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Working Notes: In Recession who will be left Stranded?

Working Notes Issue 59 ‘The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there’, L.P. Hartley famously wrote. Right now in Ireland, however, it is the present that feels like a foreign country. This is a place where we must adjust our assumptions and expectations and learn, or relearn, the skills to enable us deal with an economic situation that is the reverse of the favourable one to which we had become so acclimatised.  

The need to think seriously about the values that will guide us through these difficult times was the core theme of a Statement, ‘Justice in Recession?’, which was issued by the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice on 12 October 2008, and is reproduced as the opening article in this issue of Working Notes.

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