3rd December 2020
Exploring Fratelli tutti: 2. Politics and the common good
In many countries today, populism is growing, and the truth is being misused to the benefit of politicians. How can we reflect on this from the perspective of Fratelli tutti?
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?
12th October 2018
Matters of principle: Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation
The emergent and increasingly dominant view of politics dismisses aspects of common goods shared between majority and minority, and empowers the victorious while dismissing concerns of the defeated.
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.’
12th November 2015
‘Between Politics and Apocalypse’: René Girard’s Reading of Global Crisis
Michael Kirwan SJ explores René Girard’s ‘apocalyptic’ vision of a world in crisis and a planet in danger of becoming a ‘scapegoat’. How is the refugee ‘the central figure of our political history’?
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?
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