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Democracy in peril

The theme of the current issue of Studies is the threats posed in recent times to democracy, even in some of the world's most staunchly democratic states

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Voting out of hope, not fear

Edmond Grace SJ has an article in last week’s Irish Catholic entitled ‘Lisbon, Life and Open Government.’ In this week’s newsletter Edmond continues the series he began last week making the case for a yes vote in the Lisbon referendum. This week there are two short attachments. In the first he argues why the second vote is needed because “the ...

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Return of the Lisbon Treaty

In the first of a series of podcasts, Edmond Grace SJ argues earnestly that the Irish ought to vote Yes to Lisbon in the upcoming referendum. To vote against the treaty, in Edmond’s assessment, would be to have recourse to a narrow isolationism that sends out the wrong message to our European neighbours: “We cannot trust you, we cannot trust ...

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Faith and politics in Venice

Edmond Grace’s focus on politics and faith brought him to Venice for a week-long reflection on the topic, together with twenty-six young adults – the photo shows them outside San Marco. They came from Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Poland; the event was organised through a network of Jesuit centres around Europe, including the Manresa Spirituality Centre in Dollymount. ...

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Lisbon and lost trust

In this brief commentary on the rejection of the Lisbon Treaty by the Irish electorate, Edmond Grace SJ identifies in Irish politics a crisis of trust which requires attention. After the Lisbon Treaty referendum our political leaders find themselves in an unenviable position. Among their counterparts in Europe they have failed, for a second time, to deliver the agreement of ...

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“I’m voting yes, and here’s why”

Edmond Grace SJ, author of Democracy and Public Happiness, sees the Lisbon Treaty as necessary for the smooth and coherent functioning of the European Union. The old rubrics of government, established with a much smaller Union in mind, are now inadequate to the purpose. The main story of the European Union is about hundreds of millions of people emerging from ...

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The EU, Lisbon, and ineffective leadership

Edmond Grace SJ, author of Democracy and Public Happiness, wants to see the Lisbon treaty succeed. But he pulls no punches in this broadside against the ‘ineffective leadership’ of politicians who are promoting it. Lisbon – with a little bit of uncertainty If the people of Ireland adopt the Lisbon Treaty it will be in spite of the ineffective leadership ...

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Venice Workshop revisits big questions

The Venice Workshop on Faith and Politics held in August 2006 was so inspiring that it is being reprised this year. From 24-31 August 2008, a group of young Europeans (aged 18-35) will gather at the Campo dei Gesuiti, Venice, Italy, and contribute to a workshop about politics as a Christian calling and about “faith as a means of holding ...

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Democracy and happiness – a good kind of warfare

by Edmond Grace SJ Appendix II: Warfare and Spirituality Peace cannot be sustained by the shrill denunciation of those who resort to armed violence and certainly not by a supercilious disregard of those who love military life. We place peace in danger if we underestimate the power of warfare to seduce young men, in particular, and if we fail to ...

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