Category Archives: JEOletter Nr. 06 / July 2009

Editorial

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Editorial

Editorial

The new encyclical ‘Caritas in Veritate’ shows the immense intellectual confidence of Pope Benedict. He notes that finds his title by inverting a phrase from the Letter to the Ephesians, ‘speaking the truth in love’ – and then proclaims this coinage to be ‘the principle around which the Church’s social doctrine turns’. This claim that charity must be rooted in truth has several implications, which the Pope develops. In particular, he stresses that this charity goes beyond, but presupposes justice. There can be no ‘love in truth’ without justice, and ‘to desire the common good and strive towards it is a requirement of justice and charity’. Continue reading

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Creation at the Heart of Mission

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Creation / Ecology

Creation / Ecology

Creation at the Heart of Mission
José Ignacio García Jiménez

Two hundred and forty persons from eighty-two religious institutes, fifty-seven countries and five continents gathered in Assisi from 12-16 May 2009. “Creation at the Heart of Mission” was jointly sponsored by SEDOS and the JPIC Commission of the USIG/USG where both religious and lay collaborators were led by theologians Séan McDonagh and Denis Edwards in considering ecology and our Christian life. Continue reading

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Forum Social congolais

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Forum Social congolais - image: Emmanuelle Devuyst

Forum Social congolais - image: Emmanuelle Devuyst

Forum Social congolais
Emmanuelle Devuyst

Se tenait à Lubumbashi, du 26 au 30 juin, la deuxième édition du Forum Social Congolais (ci-après FSC) dont le thème retenu était cette année:  “nos ressources naturelles: notre droit, notre dignité.  Un autre Congo où le peuple jouit dignement de ses ressources naturelles est possible: Construisons-le ensemble, construisons-le solidairement. Continue reading

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Mortal, where are you?

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Kirchentag, Bremen - image: Elaine Rudolphi

Kirchentag, Bremen - image: Elaine Rudolphi

Mortal, where are you?
Elaine Rudolphi

Five days, more than 2500 events, 100.000 fulltime visitors, 30.000 active participants – and the Jesuits and their collegues equally present with a stand. This is the German Protestant Kirchentag which takes place every two years. The Kirchentag is a platform for intensive discussion, a forum for critical debate about urgent issues touching faith and justice. Continue reading

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Un partenariat oriental

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EU neighbourhood policy - image: wikimedia

EU neighbourhood policy - image: wikimedia

Un partenariat oriental
Henri Madelin

La géostratégie s’invente de nouveaux desseins à l’est de notre continent, dans une vaste zone de contact entre l’UE et la Russie, Dans cet espace immense et peu apaisé, vient de se mettre en place  une politique de “voisinage oriental” d’un genre encore inédit. Après le lancement, au sud, de l’Union Pour la Méditerranée (UPM), une nouvelle forme d’ancrage à l’Europe actuelle, voulue spécialement par la France, prend lentement son essor,  même s’il est freiné par les rivalités entre Israël et les  pays arabes en son sein. Continue reading

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A ‘neoconservative’ reading of ‘Caritas in Veritate’

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Caritas in Veritate

Caritas in Veritate

A ‘neoconservative’ reading of ‘Caritas in Veritate’
Frank Turner

George Weigel is a respected US commentator on Catholic affairs who has written widely on Catholic Social Teaching. He is a profound admirer of John Paul II. It is not surprising that he traces approvingly those elements in the new encyclical that, so he believes, Pope Benedict takes over from John Paul’s ‘Christian personalism’: ‘The clearly Benedictine passages in Caritas in Veritate follow and develop the line of John Paul II, particularly in the new encyclical’s strong emphasis on the life issues (abortion, euthanasia, embryo-destructive stem-cell research) as social-justice issues’.  Such passages, suggests Weigel, may be ‘marked in gold’. Continue reading

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Narrative on the Southern Borders of Europe

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Mediterranean

Mediterranean

Narrative on the Southern Borders of Europe
José Ignacio García Jiménez

When it comes to talk about migration, statistics can hide the human drama that thousands of people are facing every day. The recent document: “Democratic Control for the administration of the Southern border” produced by the Jesuit Migrants Service-Spain (jointly with the Jesuit Refugee Service and Entreculturas) offers a deep reflection about the situation of thousand of migrants waiting to get in Europe and stacked in third countries, namely Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco or Senegal, so that these countries become the “external borders” of the EU. Continue reading

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From Stockholm to Brussels

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From Stockholm to Brussels

From Stockholm to Brussels

Dear Brussels,

In 1995, Sweden voted in favour of joining the European Union. But the vote was won only by a narrow margin. The basically euro-sceptic stance of the past has softened considerably during the last few months. On June 12th, the Swedish people elected their members of the European Parliament in Brussels. Although only 48 percent of those eligible to vote made it to the ballot, this meant an increase from five years ago, and participation was above EU average. Continue reading

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50 years ago

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50 years ago

50 years ago

L’Europe et l’opinion publique:  “la solution a été rapidement trouvée par les députés”
Claude Debbichi

Avec cet article débute la version définitive de cette rubrique, consacrée à la relecture de nos propres archives, 50 ans après. Nous vous proposerons ainsi dans chaque numéro un bref retour sur une problématique traitée il y a 50 ans, avec le ton et les cadres de pensée de l’époque… Continue reading

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