Disappointing Budget

Posted on 10. Oct, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Economy, Faith and Justice

Social Justice Ireland, a think tank that looks at the implications of the budget said that the most vulnerable were betrayed by the budget, with the poorest 30 per cent being hit hardest, particularly with rising food costs. The pointed out that while TDs will see their salaries rise by €1,600, many of the most […]

Faith and Hope

Posted on 22. Aug, 2019 in Ecology, Economy, Environment, Faith and Justice, Natural Disasters

For the month of August, we continue to bring you some pieces from the archive. Here is a piece from Nov 2008 on hope. Our daily diet of news headlines these days seems to be concentrated on world disasters making us ask the question, ‘Where is God in all of this?’  So how do we […]

Brexit concerns in Northern Ireland

Posted on 06. Dec, 2018 in Christian Values, Community, Conflict, Economy

Brexit has been a particular concern for people in Northern Ireland who are worried that it will see a return to the troubles. Fr Paddy McCafferty, PP of a West Belfast Parish – Springhill which is just off the Falls Road, talks to Conor Deane of his concerns around Brexit for the wider nationalist community and […]

Theological Ethics in a Neoliberal Age

Posted on 29. Nov, 2018 in Book Reviews, Christian Values, Economy, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values

Theological Ethics in a Neoliberal Age is the name of Kevin Hargaden’s new book (foreword by William T. Cavanaugh) where he addresses the Christian problem with wealth. Economics and money is not a topic that the Church speak about very much and if they do, they are frequently told to stick to religious matters. However throughout his […]

Exploring the Common Good

Posted on 01. Nov, 2018 in Christian Values, Economy

Pat Riordan SJ, a philosopher, looked at the topic of the Common Good in the Loyola Institute on Halloween night. He considered whether there is an agreed upon goodness towards which we can orientate ourselves or whether the perceived good always be relative to the individual – what is good for one may not be good […]

Pope Francis’ visit to the Homeless

Posted on 20. Sep, 2018 in Charity, Church Teachings, Economy, Fundraising, Pope Francis, Poverty, Refugees, Young people

When Pope Francis was in Ireland, he visited many state dignitaries and leaders. However Fr. Bryan Shortall, a parish priest and Capuchin, says that was inspires Francis most is visiting people on the margin. When he was in Ireland he came to visit the Capuchin Day Care Centre in Dublin. Fr Bryan says that their […]

Helping Working Parents

Posted on 13. Sep, 2018 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Economy

A recent report by the ESRI showed that the cost of childcare is driving women out of the workforce with the cost of one child amounting to 20% of disposable income. Any added benefit from doing extra work is more than off set by the high cost of having to pay for childcare. Miriam Gormally […]

Catholic Economics

Posted on 31. May, 2018 in Christian Values, Economy, Faith and Justice

A recent document was brought out by the Church looking at the role of money and financial investments in society. Titled, ‘Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones: Considerations for an Ethical Discernment regarding Some Aspects of the Present Economic-Financial System’ it looked at the importance of money serving not ruling. The document goes on to say that profit […]

Bible Thoughts on Housing Crisis

Posted on 15. Feb, 2018 in Charity, Christian Values, Economy, Faith and Justice

Dr Kevin Hargaden from the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice has written a lenten retreat with a difference to make us consider homeless in the context of Christianity.  ‘Home Thoughts from the Bible in a Time of Housing Crisis” is seven week retreat for Lent exploring the theme of homelessness in the bible from […]

People left behind

Posted on 01. Feb, 2018 in Community, Economy, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values

The Irish Business and Employers Confederation – IBEC recently released a report showing that disposable incomes of Irish households are growing at four times the euro-zone average. However Social Justice Ireland responded with the fact that almost 800,000 people continue to live in poverty in Ireland and up to one million are experiencing deprivation – 105,000 of […]