The Publication of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice
Working Notes is a journal published by the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice. The journal focuses on social, economic and theological analysis of Irish society, particularly on our four main issue areas, which can be found here. Below is the most recent issue published, however it has been produced three times a year since 1987, and all of the articles are available in full on this site.
In his homily at the Mass to mark the formal beginning of his papal ministry, Pope Francis spoke about the importance of the vocation of “protecting all creation [and] the beauty of the created world”. He added that this is not a vocation which involves only Christians, but rather one that arises simply from being human, and so involves everyone. He appealed to all those in positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life and to “all people of goodwill”, to become “protectors of creation ...” The need to respect and protect the environment is a theme to which the Pope has returned many times since then, and it is clear that it will be a key concern of his papacy. Even in his choice of name, the new Pope was reflecting this concern: explaining why he had chosen to be called after St Francis of Assisi, he described the saint as “the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and protects creation”.
The seriousness of the environmental crisis facing the Earth is highlighted throughout the various articles in this issue of Working Notes. Even a country like Ireland which prides itself on its ‘green’ image still faces significant environmental problems – exemplified in loss of biodiversity, the startling decline in the populations of some bird species, and the threat to the water quality in our streams, rivers and lakes.