Lord Chris Patten to launch ICJSA publication “The Common Good in an Unequal World” on 4 December – diary notice

29 Nov 2007


29th November 2007

The Irish Commission for Justice and Social Affairs (ICJSA)

invites you or a representative to attend the launch of an important new publication:

The Common Good in an Unequal World – Reflections on the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church


Society of St Vincent de Paul National Head Office, 91/92 Sean McDermott Street, Dublin 1
Tuesday, 4 December 2007 at 3.30pm
Lord Chris Patten of Barnes, former Governor of Hong Kong
Bishop Raymond Field, Chairman of the ICJSA
Fr Eoin Cassidy, Editor
Emerging from a conference organised by the ICJSA on the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church on the theme of ‘The Common Good in an Unequal World’, which took place on 2 March 2006, this publication reflects on the various components of the Compendium and analyses its message for and relation to today’s society from theological and philosophical perspectives, from the place of faith and politics, solidarity and freedom, and rights and responsibilities. The Common Good in an Unequal World includes papers by: An Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern; former Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland, Ms Nuala O’Loan; and, former Governor of Hong Kong, Lord Chris Patten. It also presents papers from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin; Sr Joan Roddy, Co-ordinator of the Irish Bishops’ Refugee Project; and, Mr David Begg, General Secretary of ICTU.

Notes for Editors

  • About the ICJSA
  • The ICJSA is a Commission of the Irish Episcopal Conference and is a member of its Department of Social Issues and International Affairs. The Commission deals specifically with the areas of justice and social affairs. The purpose of ICJSA is to ensure the perspective of the Irish Bishops, drawing on Catholic Social Teaching, is represented in public debates on key justice and social issues.
  • About the editor:
  • Fr Eoin Cassidy is Head of the Philosophy Department at Mater Dei Institute, Dublin. He was Series Co-Editor of The Bible: Literature and Sacred Text, from the Into the Classroom Series (Veritas, 2003).
  • The Common Good in an Unequal World is published by Veritas and costs €14.95

Further information:
Martin Long Director of Communications (086 172 7678)
Kathy Tynan Communications Officer (086 817 5674)