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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!”

Center Focus, Issue 181 - Summer 2009

Center of Concern | Tue, Sep 15, 2009

Center Focus, Issue 181 - Summer 2009

In this issue:·        

  • Re-Planning Our Journey:  Pope Benedict Addresses the Crises -- Jim Hug, SJ     
  • Time Ripe for Serious Commitments on Climate Change -- Theresa Polk       
  • Developing Countries Give Voice to Financial and Economic Crises -- Aldo Caliari
  • Rich Country Food Initiative Falls Short -- Theresa Polk
  • Economics for the 21st Century -- Kristin Sampson         
  • The Intersection of Climate Change, Agriculture, and Development:  An Interview with Laura Hurtado (Guatemala) and Fatou Mbaye (Senegal) -- Chadi el-Khoury