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Nov 24th
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Catholic Social Teaching - The coming thing?

Catholic Social Teaching - The coming thing?Matthew Taylor, a journalist and Chief Executive of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, produced a radio documentary for the BBC recently on the growing interest in Catholic Social Teaching.
In an article called "Catholic teaching: The new zeitgeist for Britain’s Left", he writes:
" A new zeitgeist is capturing business people, academics and political players from both the Left and Right, looking for an ethical alternative for our time. Their inspiration? Catholic teaching.

Debating the Gathering

Debating the GatheringThere has been much talk recently about "The Gathering", an initiative sponsored by Tourism ireland which " invites anyone who has a link to Ireland or just a love of the country, to come to Ireland for a series of events throughout 2013. "

"Throughout 2013, Ireland will open its arms to hundreds of thousands of friends and family from all over the world, calling them home to gatherings in villages, towns and cities.
There will be clan gatherings, festivals, special sporting events, music and concerts taking place all across the country, all year long.
Communities throughout Ireland will showcase and share the very best of Irish culture, tradition, business, sport, fighting spirit and the uniquely Irish sense of fun."

Columban Bobby Gilmore was involved recently in a rdaio discussion on the issue whichyou can listen to below.

Death Knell of Nuclear Energy?

In this book Fr Sean McDonagh looks at the responses and reactions to the Fukushima disaster, the implications it has had for the worlds nuclear powers, the reaction of the Church to the nuclear industry, and the implications for the growing pro-nuclear lobby in Ireland.

'In this clear, factual and concise book Sean McDonagh provides us with the information we need to make a moral judgment about nuclear power post-Fukushima. This is an a comprehensive but accessible account of exactly how the nuclear industry operates and of the disastrous long-term implications for future generations in dealing with nuclear our waste.' Dr Paul Collins,

New Synod, New Questions?

The Synod of Bishops: "The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith," which will meet from October 7-22, 2012 is an important moment for on-going reflection on the meaning of evangelization today.

The one great strength of the Instrumentum Laboris is that evangelization is centered on the person of Jesus. "The Church as a whole and all her Pastors, like Christ, must set out to lead people out of the desert, towards the place of life, towards friendship with the Son of God, towards the One who gives us life, and life in abundance." (No.8)

Cardinal Martini's Challenge

"The challenge that we (Europe) are being set by contemporary migrations is a new one. Perhaps for the first time in the modern age, there is a possibility of building up a civilised life together that is not based on opposing positions. It is a challenge to build a society without enemies or opponents, a society in which differences are reconciled and integrated." (Vat. Conference on Migration 1991)

Cardinal Martini was the principal speaker at the 111 World Congress for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees at the Vatican in September 30-5October 1991. Conscious of the onset of a global economy and the formalisation of the European Union, the congress discussed a wide variety of issues dealing with global migration and its impact.

Cardinal Martini, then Archbishop of Milan, and a scripture specialist, had a deep knowledge of European and global tensions arising out of migration. He took scripture as a starting-point from Abraham, (Gen. 12;1) the descent of Jacob's family to Egypt, Gen.47;27) to the forced migration of the people to Babylon (2 Kings 17;5) to the flight of Jesus, Mary and Joseph to Egypt (Mt. 2;13) and the scattering of the Christians from Jerusalem after Stephen's death (Acts 8;1)

He then quoted Deuteronomy; "He (the Lord) executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. Love the sojourner therefore: for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt." Deut: 18-19). In those words he summed up the fundamental ethical attitude of hospitality, concern and solidarity that the scriptures recommend towards immigrant of every type.
Missionaries -  we're just trying to match the generosity of those with whom we work and those who support us.

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