Catholic Social Thought: Another World is Possible

Engaging Faith | Tue, Sep 29, 2009

Catholic Social Thought: Another World is Possible

Remarks and powerpoint presented at the seminar, “G-20 Summit: Promise or Peril,” at The Center for the Study of Catholic Social Thought, Duquesne University on September 21, 2009.

Father Hug contends that the demonstrators who will be in the streets of Pittsburgh this week are just the latest incarnation of gatherings of people from around the world who have been traveling to meetings of heads of state like the G-8 and the G-20 or at intergovernmental meetings like the UN Conferences of the late 1980s and the 1990s, WTO Ministerial meetings or the annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank for the last 20 years.

Through these years, the organization and communications of the groups have become stronger and more sophisticated. Their message has become clearer, more focused, and more urgent. They want the leaders gathered to hear that the policies these political elites are furthering and the ways they are governing the world are destructive. Those policies are creating or contributing to growing poverty and hunger at the same time as they are enriching a very small percentage of the world’s people in a way that is unbearable. And they are threatening the survival of the planet.

Their message, loud and insistent, is “Another World is Possible!”

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, Jun 15, 2018

Strategic Workshop in Rome on Challenging the ‘Billions to Trillions’ Model of Financing Development’: Brainstorming on Issues and Future Advocacy

The Rethinking Bretton Woods Project at Center of Concern will be collaborating with the Society for International Development, the Heinrich Boell Foundation, and others to convene a three-day workshop in Rome, Italy, that will explore and deconstruct the fast moving transformation of the global system of development finance that is currently underway among the G20 and the world’s major multilateral development banks (MDBs) including the World Bank. The G20 and MDBs are currently undertaking a major overhaul of the traditional operational system for development finance. This overhaul, called “Maximizing Finance for Development” (MFD), will shift from a publicly financed model for foreign aid and development finance to a new privately financed approach. However, this new approach is directly at odds with the human rights-based framework in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to which most MDBs have committed support. Titled, “Capacity-Building Project on Financial Regulation and Human Rights,” the workshop will convene leaders from civil society and scholarly institutions from the affected countries to share research and analysis regarding these major developments to raise awareness, provide data, and develop methodologies for civil society organizations to engage more efficiently and effectively in this global debate. Participants will (1) explore these developments, identify the key elements of financialization necessary for training materials and financial literacy modules; and (2) begin planning and organizing a larger, multi-country, multi-year education and advocacy project to raise awareness and help prepare civil society to address these significant changes underway in the development finance system.

Integral Ecology | Fri, Apr 27, 2018

Laudato Si’: The End of the Beginning for the Journey Toward Care for Our Common Home and One Another

"Three years ago, the world waited impatiently for the new encyclical letter on integral ecology by Pope Francis. For months ahead of its unveiling, people in the know—social activists, theologians, ecologists—Catholic or not, speculated, theorized, and dreamed of all that this important message might contain. We knew that the words from the Holy Father would be coming at a critical time, in the lead up to the COP21 Climate talks in Paris. Those of us who had been praying for the world to wake up to the urgency of the current ecological crisis put our hopes in the hands of Pope Francis and this encyclical." Read the rest of Josianne's blog post at:

Center of Concern | Fri, Apr 27, 2018

Center Focus Live Event: Celebrating Center of Concern's 47th Anniversary

On May 4th, 2018, Center of Concern was pleased to host Rhina Guidos, Spanish Section Editor at Catholic News Service and Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) for a discussion of Guidos's book, Rutilio Grande: A Table for All (Liturgical Press, 2018). To view the Education for Justice book discussion guide for Rutilio Grande: A Table for All, visit: