• Real Love Challenges Vested Interests

    peter mcverry 1Pope Francis, in everything he says and does, takes the side of the poor and marginalised over and against the wealthy and powerful. He challenges the global structures which deny many their basic human rights and maintain people in their poverty and suffering, while enriching the few, says Peter McVerry SJ. 

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  • Will Francis Comment on Neoliberalism?

    pope moneyPope Francis’ visit to Ireland is a cause of excitement to many and dismay to others. Beneath the flurry of events associated with the World Meeting of Families and the simmering controversy around protests, his visit is an opportunity to reflect on one of the major emphases of his papacy, says Kevin Hargaden.

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  • Prisoner Amnesty for Papal Visit

    pope prisonersEoin Carroll's article in the Irish Times looks back to the arrival of John Paul II in 1979, when 76 prisoners were granted early release, and questions why there is no mention of an amnesty to coincide with the visit of Pope Francis.

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  • Safe Spaces For Young People in Prison

    youth day 2018The theme of International Youth Day 2018 is Safe Spaces for Youth, something that resonates strongly with the work in prison and penal reform that the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice is involved in. The centre has long been an advocate for changes in the prison system for young adults, whom we view as a discrete demographic group, worthy of particular consideration.

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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

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Working Notes: A New Economic Paradigm?

Working Notes: A New Economic Paradigm?

Even as the global economy shows signs of recovery from the financial and economic shocks of the past two years, worrying questions remain. Just how robust is the recovery: is it possible we may yet face a ‘double dip’ recession? How long until economic growth translates into a fall in unemployment? How severe will be the social, as well as the economic, impact of governments having to deal with the public debt incurred in order to prevent a deeper recession?

More fundamental questions are also emerging. The word ‘recovery’ implies a return to a desired state. However, it is increasingly being argued that resumption of a consumption-driven and environmentally-damaging form of growth is neither feasible nor desirable. Commentators coming from very different starting points are drawing attention to the need for radical change in our thinking and policies if we are to achieve just and sustainable development.

Different aspects of this quest for alternatives are explored in this issue of Working Notes.

In ‘A New Economic Paradigm?’, Gerry O’Hanlon SJ points out that the notion that economic growth automatically represents human progress is increasingly being challenged. He notes various initiatives to devise measures of ‘growth’ that would take account of the damage caused by some economic activities but also recognise a range of factors that are integral to real progress.

He suggests that there is no technical solution to the current economic crisis, and so concern cannot be fixed solely on legislative and regulatory reform or specific social policy measures. Rather, there is need to focus on bringing about a change in culture and politics that will enable a radical reformulation of the goals and priorities of economic activity. Drawing attention to the potential contribution of religion to this process, he looks to the possibility that in Ireland we may even now find a space ‘where reformed Catholicism can join with other strands of Christianity, and other religions ... [and] all people of goodwill’ in a common search for more a holistic form of development.... read more

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