There was lots of enthusiastic participation at this workshop! Here are the presentations and handouts that we used: Contemplating Our World Pope Francis & Ignatian Spirituality Pope Francis on Mission Mission Reflection Handout The Call to Justice in Scripture Catholic Social Teaching & It’s Key Principles Key Principles Handout The Pastoral Spiral – an Ignatian Approach Tools for Analysis Tools for Theological Reflection An Examination of Consciousness
Here’s a little tool I put together for the Faith Doing Justice project. Some day when I have time I’ll update it with a few more techniques. Do you have favorite techniques to share? Simple Techniques for Analysis
Join me at the Catholic Institute of Sydney for a course on the morality of migration. We will use Catholic Social Teaching as a framework for response. The course will be offered in intensive mode over three weekends. MS594IssuesinMissiology
I’m very excited to see my chapter, coauthored with David Freeman, Connecting Catholic Social Teaching to Contemporary Australia in print in Daniel McDonald SJ’s edited volume in the Gregorian University Studies in Catholic Social Teaching series. Order online now: http://www.amazon.com/Catholic-Social-Teachiing-Global-Perspective/dp/1570758964
This is a brief input that I gave at a forum in Parramatta a few years ago. It remains a challenging issue especially as organisations, including faith-based not for profits, are trying to do more with fewer paid staff in the wake of the GFC. ChurchTeachingOnWorkLifeBalance
The end of the financial year is upon us, focusing our minds on concepts like ‘balancing’, ‘reconciling’, ‘statements’ and ‘outcomes’. How differently these same words resonate in the context of efforts to foster the social mission of the church! Yet they are, or should be, of a piece. The budgets and balance sheets of any church organisation are in fact mission documents. Our strategic plans might articulate espoused priorities but our budgets show where we really intend to place our resources. Our actuals tell us what we actually value. How did we use our assets this year? Which areas did… Read More »Show Me the Money! an end of financial year reflection …
Look out for this new book coming soon from Orbis. David Freeman and I have contributed a chapter on Australia. Details at page 28 of the catalogue file: OrbisCatalogF10
The option for the poor enjoys a significant place in Catholic Social Teaching. This paper traces the development of Church teaching in relation to the option for the poor showing how reflection on experience in dialogue with the primary sources of the tradition helped to overcome early anxieties and some extreme interpretations. It is the third in a series of articles including: What is the Option for the Poor? and The Option for the Poor in Scripture. TheOptionForThePoorInChurchTeaching.
Sometimes when I present introductory talks on Catholic Social Teaching and name some key principles, I encounter a kind of cynical “yeah, yeah, know all that, bleeding obvious’ sort of response. The principle of the dignity of the human person is not novel, and it isn’t rocket science, it’s just deeply challenging in practice. What does it really mean to say that each and every person is made in the image and likeness of God and has an inalienable and transcendent dignity, and that all persons are equal in dignity and rights? Yesterday I was struck by two examples. In… Read More »Human Dignity – Is It so Obvious?
The Swiss Guard are armed and willing to use force if necessary, but, as far as I know, they have never used cluster munitions. So why was the Holy See so eager to be one of the first states parties to ratify the Convention to Ban Cluster Munitions which will enter into force on 1 August 2010? Catholic Social Teaching holds the use of lethal force to be always regrettable but, in certain limited circumstances, to be acceptable. Even when the strict conditions for a just war (jus ad bellum) are met – and they rarely are – there are… Read More »Vatican Beats the Drum on Cluster Munitions