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Inequality - Obstacle to Human Prosperity

“We need to start talking about inequality again; we need to start talking about inequities and the unfairnesses and the injustices of an excessively divided society, divided by wealth, by opportunity, by outcome, by assets and so forth.” (Tony Judt)

 Pope Francis in his recent exhortation The Joy of The Gospel, and in other instances writes and speaks about the conditions of global economic and spiritual inequality.  Relating to economic inequality he says that the need to resolve the structural causes of poverty cannot be delayed not only for the pragmatic reasons of its urgency for the good order of society, but because society needs to be cured of a sickness which is weakening and frustrating it, which can easily lead to new crises. Welfare projects, which meet certain urgent needs, should be considered merely temporary responses. As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of the markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems. INEQUALITY IS THE ROOT OF SOCIAL ILLS (PP 202)

 
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Inequality - Obstacle to Human Flourishing

Inequality  - Obstacle to Human Flourishing Pope Francis in his recent exhortation The Joy of The Gospel, and in other instances writes and speaks about the conditions of global economic and spiritual inequality. Relating to economic inequality he says that the need to resolve the structural causes of poverty cannot be delayed not only for the pragmatic reasons of its urgency for the good order of society, but because society needs to be cured of a sickness which is weakening and frustrating it, which can easily lead to new crises. Welfare projects, which meet certain urgent needs, should be considered merely temporary responses. As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of the markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems.
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I protest, therefore I am..

I protest, therefore I am..History is made by successive shocks, of confronting and overcoming successive challenges. Societies progress, and in the end, having attained complete liberty, may achieve a democratic state in some ideal form. (Stephane Hessel, Time for Outrage)
In the globalisation process, the setting up of a global economic system, two legs in the stool of a global economy were worked at and put in place. These two legs in the stool of the global economic system are the free movement of capital and free trade.
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Who Will break Bread for Us?

Who Will break Bread for Us?Fr. Brendan Hoban is a priest of the diocese of Killala in the west of Ireland. He has been working in the pastoral ministry for 40 years. During the past two decades he has written many books on the state of the Church in Ireland. He is also a historian which means that, when he speaks or writes about current issues in the Church. he does so from broad historical perspective. Brendan is not adverse to tackling controversial issues in the life of the contemporary Church as is evidenced by his latest book Who Will break the bread for us? Disappearing Priests.
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Food for Thought

Food for Thought 'We have not just to admire the measure of Pope Francis but to find the true measure that fits us for our mission. We could easily admire Pope Francis and keep going on as we were. Change is painful. We are attached to old ways. We find it hard to move outside our own comfort zone, even when intellectually we can see that we ought to.'
Recently Archbishop Dermot Martin gave a homily at a three day Eucharistic Gathering in Enniscorthy.'
In the course of the homily he addressed very directly some of the challenges facing the Church in Ireland today.
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