• Poor Service: What Poverty Eradication Day Means in Ireland

    Eradicate poverty day jcfj webThe only public service available to the poor, for which there is no waiting list, is the prison service, says Peter McVerry SJ.

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  • The Emaciated Conversation about Global Poverty

    global growth webGlobal poverty is one of those seemingly rare topics where there might be good news to celebrate, says Kevin Hargaden.

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  • Poverty and the Environment

    poverty ecologyPoverty is an ecological problem. Although degradation of the environment affects all human populations, it hits those living in poverty the hardest, says Catherine Devitt.

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  • Ending Poverty For All Must Include Prisoners

    Prison 400 x 297The first of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals commits to ending poverty in all forms everywhere. If we are to take this seriously it needs to include people in prison and their families, says Eoin Carroll.

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About the Centre

The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice works to combat injustice and marginalisation in Irish society, through social analysis, education and advocacy.

The Centre highlights complex social issues, informs opinion and advocates for governmental policy change to create a fair and equitable society for all.

Analysis on our Key Issues

People in prison are amongst the most marginalised and vulnerable in our society. The majority have left school early, experience literacy and learning difficulties and have a history of unemployment... Click here to view all of our material on Penal Policy

Environmental protection has emerged as a key element of social justice debates in recent decades... Click here to view all of our material on Environmental Justice

The right to a safe and secure place to live is one of the most basic human rights, it is fundamental to enable people to live a dignified life... Click here to view all of our material on Housing Policy

In our political discourse, every question of human flourishing seems to be reduced to bottom-line thinking. This focus on riches impoverishes our shared discourse and has serious negative consequences for society Click here to view material on Economic Justice

The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice focuses on a number of other issues... Explore all here

Our Journal


Exploring Social Justice

Why Care - Social Justice Awareness for Younger People

Catholic Social Teaching in Action (2005)


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.


 You can read selected extracts of the book in pdf format here:



pdfA Vision to Live By (Jim Corkery SJ)

pdfCatholic Social Teaching: The Real 'Third Way' (David Begg)

pdfCatholic Social Teaching: Opening the Chest (Susan Jones CHF)

pdfSolidarity in Catholic Social Teaching (Cathy Molloy)

pdfThe Contributors


To request a copy from the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice click here


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