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Jesuit social ethicist advocates globalisation of morals

Visiting Jesuit social ethicist John Coleman spoke at the University of Western Australia on Wednesday, arguing that globalisation presents ethics with new challenges and argues for 'globalisation of morals'.

Vias Tuas Communications reports that Professor Coleman argued in his lecture - titled Globalisation - Ethical Challenges - that while globalisation's positives outweigh the negatives, "the most important task is to bolster forces for moral globalisation".

He said that the world order which governed states and economies for years has irretrievably broken down.

"We are not yet sure what kind of order will take its place, but we know we live in a new kind of enormous mutual risk society," he mused.

Fr Coleman is Professor of Social Values at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. He is visiting Perth as the St Thomas More College Chair of Jesuit Studies. The position is jointly sponsored by the University of Western Australia and the University of Notre Dame Australia.

Vias Tuas has made available detailed notes on the talk (see link below), which is describes as a "nuanced, beautifully balanced, informative lecture seeking to examine the positives and negatives of the various interest groups who are increasingly vocal in the community today arguing for or against globalisation".

Jesuit social ethicist advocates globalisation of morals (Edmund Rice Online/Vias Tuas 15/4/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
John A. Coleman SJ (Loyola Marymount University)
St Thomas More College

Jesuit social ethicist urges "globalisation of morals" (Vias Tuas Communications 14/4/05)
Catholic social thought: A 'distinguished, distinctive' tradition (The Tidings 3/9/04)

15 Apr 2005