Issue 56 The Anniversary Issue

Thornton Hall Prison: Solution or Problem?

on Tuesday, 13 November 2007. Posted in Issue 56 The Anniversary Issue

Tony O’Riordan SJ is Director of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice

November, 2007


Community opposition to the new prison

pdf Thornton Hall Prison: Solution or Problem?

 

John on the Prison Carousel


Having completed a nine-month sentence, John was released from Mountjoy Prison in March 2007. For the entire duration of his imprisonment, John was ‘on protection’, because of fears for his safety. This meant that he spent twenty-three, and sometimes almost twenty-four, hours each day locked up in a cell on his own. When he was released he had no place to live. Homeless and adrift, he began to drink heavily and to abuse prescription drugs. Over the next few weeks, he was arrested several times for being drunk and disorderly and for shoplifting.

How Much Equality is Needed for Justice?

on Tuesday, 13 November 2007. Posted in Issue 56 The Anniversary Issue

Gerry O’Hanlon SJ, theologian and staff member of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice
November, 2007

How much redistribution is needed for Justice?

pdf How Much Equality is Needed for Justice?

 

Introduction

 

Critics of Ireland’s decade-long economic boom often, with an eye to justice, express considerable concern about ‘rising inequality and about the core features of the strategy adopted by the Government to combat poverty’.1 This is so despite the fact that since 1994 the percentage of the population living in ‘consistent poverty’ appears to have fallen from 16 per cent to 7 per cent.2 However, since the late 1990s, ‘relative income poverty’ has persistently remained around 20 per cent, higher than it was in 1994.3 Would it be more just to return to a poorer but more equal Ireland, or is this the wrong kind of question to ask? Can we say instead that this is not a choice Ireland needs to make?4

 

Homes not Hostels: Rethinking Homeless Policy

on Tuesday, 13 November 2007. Posted in Issue 56 The Anniversary Issue

Peter McVerry SJ, Executive Director of the Peter McVerry Trust, which provides accommodation and care for homeless young people
Eoin Carroll, Advocacy and Social Policy Research Officer with the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice

November 2007

 

Homeless people dream of a key to their own front door

pdf Homes not Hostels: Rethinking Homeless Policy

 

Introduction


Most homeless people simply want a place they can call home. Some need varying levels of support to enable them to keep a home. But a key to their own front door is the symbol of the desires of homeless people.

What is Development? Promoting the Good of Every Person and of the Whole Person

on Tuesday, 13 November 2007. Posted in Issue 56 The Anniversary Issue

Peter Henriot SJ, Director of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, Lusaka, Zambia
November 2007


Zambian crops threatened by GMOs?

pdf What is Development? Promoting the Good of Every Person and of the Whole Person

 

The year 2007 marked the fortieth anniversary of the publication Populorum Progressio (The Development of Peoples), Pope Paul VI’s encyclical, and the twentieth anniversary of Sollicitudo Rei Socialis (The Social Concern of the Church), the encyclical issued by Pope John Paul II.1 In my view, commemoration of documents written many years ago is worthwhile only if it contributes to understanding of the present and offers hope for the future. Such commemoration should move us to that ‘action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world’ which is central to the sharing of the Good News of Jesus Christ.2

 

Pedro Arrupe: Inspirational Jesuit Leader

on Tuesday, 13 November 2007. Posted in Issue 56 The Anniversary Issue

Cathy Molloy, Social Theology Officer with the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice

November 2007

 

Pedro Arrupe in Canoe

pdf Pedro Arrupe: Inspirational Jesuit Leader

 

Introduction
Does it seem strange that the role model for a centre for business ethics and for a hostel for the homeless is the same person?

The centenary of the birth of Pedro Arrupe has brought new interest in his life and work, which are being celebrated and commemorated this November, especially in his native Spain.

High schools and colleges have been named after him, centres for business ethics, for community-based learning, for creative leadership and for refugees have been named after him, as have scholarships and international solidarity programmes, institutes for human rights, university chairs, and societies and hostels for the homeless. From Dublin to Melbourne, Tokyo to Colombo, Washington to El Salvador, Manila to Nairobi, the name Pedro Arrupe is to be found wherever there are Jesuit institutions or works. What is it about this man, born 100 years ago, on 14 November 1907, and who died on 5 February 1991, Superior General of the Jesuits from 1965 to 1983, that has inspired, and continues to inspire, so many people, Jesuits and others, across the world?

A Horrible Warning? Lessons for Ireland from Michael Moore’s Film, Sicko

on Friday, 26 October 2007. Posted in Issue 56 The Anniversary Issue

Review Article

Margaret Burns, Policy Officer, Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice

 

pdf A Horrible Warning: Lessons for Ireland from Michael Moore’s Film, Sicko

 

 

SiCKO

Introduction

 

Michael Moore’s film, Sicko, now on general release, dramatically highlights how the wealthiest country in the world, and one which spends a much larger percentage of its GDP on health than other developed countries, fails to provide an adequate and fair system of care for its citizens. The film carries its message through people’s own accounts of being denied medical care or being required to pay exorbitant amounts of money for services; it does so also through the voices of people who have worked in America’s health insurance industry and who reveal how, for that industry, the imperative of making profit takes precedence over enabling people to obtain care.

 

In February 2016, the Jesuit Secretariat for Social Justice and Ecology and for Higher Education in Rome published a Special Report on Justice in the Global Economy. The Report was compiled by an international group of Jesuits and lay colleagues in the fields of social science and economics, philosophy and theology. This issue of Working Notes is a response to the Report. Read full editorial

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