14th June 2016
A momentous, perhaps fateful referendum
The focus of the campaigning leading up to the referendum on UK membership of the EU has been too narrowly economic and misrepresentations abound on both sides, writes Frank Turner SJ.
1st June 2016
Our common goods in the European Union
Patrick Riordan is worried about the lack of depth to the referendum debates: ‘we have neglected to form the political culture in which a reasonable debate about membership of the EU can take place.’
22nd April 2016
1916 – How do we want to remember?
Brian Lennon SJ reflects, through the lens of a family connection, on the violent events of the Easter Rising (which began on 24 April 1916) and their legacy: ‘I wish they had all stayed at home.’
25th February 2016
Doing justice according to law
Has citizenship become too rights-based? 'There may well be good grounds for querying the predominance of rights rhetoric in the law, even if we baulk at the idea of refusing to uphold human rights'.
4th February 2016
Whatever happened to solidarity?
Patrick Riordan SJ considers what solidarity involves and why it seems to be lacking in responses to two major contemporary crises.
27th November 2015
Terrorism, politics and faith: A Christian response
Advent prepares us to be the recipients of a divine generosity, which, as recent events around the world have demonstrated all too well, is so often lacking in our ‘contemporary world of short-termist politics, terror and fear.’ Revd Dr Yazid Said hopes that the eternal gift of God in Jesus will challenge us to transform society and the relationships that define it.
7th October 2015
The Politics of Papal Visits
When Pope John Paul II visited Chile in 1987 he was welcomed as a ‘messenger of life, pilgrim of peace’. How did Pope Francis live up to these same accolades on his visit to Cuba and the United States?
2nd October 2015
Pope Francis and the American dream
Pope Francis’ refusal to align himself with either liberals or conservatives on his visit to the US was a challenge to all those who accept such divisions, inside and outside of the Church.
15th September 2015
A week is a long time in politics
Dermot Preston SJ reflects on what we learned about the dynamics of power and consultation from an eventful week in UK politics, and on how these same dynamics work in the Society of Jesus.
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