25th September 2020
Partisanship for the common good?
International Human Rights Day: should we invoke the concept of the common good in favour of civil authorities and general welfare, or to protect individual freedoms and human rights?
10th July 2020
Who is going to pay for it all?
Where will the money come from to pay for the UK government's spending to manage the fallout from the Covid-19 crisis? Answering that question in a way that ensures the common good is served is a complicated matter, says Patrick Riordan SJ.
28th May 2020
Heroic parents, because culture matters
1 June is Global Day of Parents. We should acknowledge our great debt to previous generations of parents who have transmitted the culture of moral restraint to their children, says Pat Riordan SJ.
20th April 2020
Self-sacrificing love in the workplace
Our current situation brings home to us in a forceful manner the truth of some principles in Catholic Social Teaching that may have been taken for granted.
15th January 2020
Who can represent us?
Patrick Riordan SJ surveys different notions of representation and how they have developed, and describes how they find a place in a wider theological drama.
18th November 2019
Dying for the telephone company
Patrick Riordan SJ reflects on the culture of service in which people are motivated to accept personal risks for the good of all and argues that this common good needs to be protected.
19th September 2019
‘Power to the People!’
The UK Parliament first sat on 23 Oct 1707. Patrick Riordan SJ draws on a long tradition of political theory to outline how power can be considered to derive from or be given to the populace.
9th April 2019
How united does a country have to be?
The United Nations was officially established on 24 Oct 1945. Notions of union are often found in names for political entities, but what does unity mean and why is it an important political value?
18th February 2019
The dominance of finance
Do we have an ethical framework that allows us to ask appropriate questions about the way in which the financial sector operates?
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