|CATHOLICS, JEWS UNITE TO WATCH CREEPING GLOBALISATION|
Catholics and Jews have undertaken to respond together to the challenge of globalisation and new technology as it impacts on economic, physical and moral well-being.|
The Catholic Leader reports that the third annual Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference dialogue with the Executive Council of Australian Jewry resolved to develop appropriate responses to economic globalisaiton after discussing its implications for religion, at their recent conference in Sydney.
Catholic member Bishop Michael Putney said the discussion drew attention to gross economic inequalities that have appeared in recent years. Despite arguments supporting the 'new economy' and the technological advances which can be of immense benefit, the meeting warned that economic thinking had to include a 'sense of humanity'.
Rabbi John Levi told the meeting that globalisation could increase corporate domination of the world and weaken the nation state witihout grappling with a 'sense of humanity' as the ultimate focus of ethical and spiritual loyalty.
The meeting concluded that technology made possible fast, efficient communication and advances in health and welfare, but also provided outlets for racists and networks for international terrorism.