Europe

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The Autumn edition of The Way spirituality journal is out nowThere is a range of interesting content in the current special edition of the The Way: The Spirit of Europe Today which focuses on Europe and the spirituality of Brexit.  Order your copy here. Frank Turner SJ  The Role of Europe in the Last Three PapaciesIn Francis, Benedict XVI and John-Paul II, the Roman Catholic Church has experienced three very different Popes. Each, though, has spoken repeatedly about the...
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The town of Accrington, home to over 300 men who were killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, is an example of a community who were defenceless against the juggernaut that was World War I. 8 miles north-east and 100 years later, we find an example of a community that is just as vulnerable to a new force but has responded in a different way. The Jesuits in Britain’s Provincial Fr Dermot Preston reflects on last week’s referendum result through the lens of his hometown of Burnley....
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In the wake of the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union, Thinking Faith’s Editor suggests that the road ahead must be paved with generosity if it is to lead to the common good. The United Kingdom woke up this morning – or, in some cases, stayed awake all night – to discover that 51.9% of voters in yesterday’s EU referendum had opted for the second option on the ballot paper: Leave the European Union. Roughly 17.5 million people have come to the...
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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. The opportunities for scrupulous consideration of the issues and for authentic political debate have been missed, and now ‘the character of the debate threatens the EU whatever the outcome on 23 June.’ Which areas of interest and importance has the public forum struggled to accommodate? The...
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Later this month, voters in the United Kingdom will decide whether or not they want to remain in the European Union. Arguments on both sides are dominating the current political landscape, but Patrick Riordan SJ 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.’ ‘NHS doctor leaves family in Sheffield to join Islamic State in Syria.’[1...
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The economic complexities of the Greek crisis have attracted a lot of coverage in recent weeks, but it’s important to hold the financial detail alongside concern for the common good, says Patrick Riordan SJ. ‘The principles of solidarity, subsidiarity and the common good are helpful guides to appreciating the obligations on actors to behave responsibly in very complex situations.’ What can the notion of common good contribute to our understanding of the long drawn out...
“A EU wide campaign in which Jesuit Missions and other European Jesuit organisations have played a leading role has resulted in the European Parliament approving a regulation which could benefit thousands of poor people in some of the most fragile and conflict-ridden countries in the developing world.   The campaign focused on the trade worth millions of euros annually in minerals (e.g. gold, diamonds, tantalum, tin, copper, coal) which are used in every day products like...
As the dust begins to settle after the ‘earthquake’ of last month’s European election, Frank Turner SJ gives his views on the arguments that dominated the election campaign and the challenges that now lie ahead. A Christian vision sees that, ‘the foundational task of politics is to seek and sustain human dignity and the common good’ – how can this task be achieved by the next European Parliament?  The outcome of the European election has been described...

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