Seamus Murphy SJ, lecturer in philosophy in the Milltown Institute , explores the christian understanding of social justice.
Contemporary Irish society reflects a growing diversity of cultures and values. In particular, Christian values and perspectives are no longer the predominant moral culture. In the more pluralistic society that is emerging, the Christian contribution has to be made with due respect for the contributions of other groups. This is indispensable for arriving at a degree of consensus on some notion of our shared good.
At the same time, it is accepted that not merely pluralism but also genuine equality requires valuing our diversity. This raises the question for each group of what that group’s distinctive contribution is or ought to be. For Christians, this includes the issue of what distinctive insights the Christian tradition could contribute to a shared understanding of social justice.[i]