Social Justice Review was founded by the Catholic Central Verein of America in 1908 to promote a true Christian Humanism with respect for the dignity and rights of all human beings.
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Economic Justice Corner: Redefining Money

Recently, on the business networking site “LinkedIn”, a commercial bank vice-president asked, “Is it better for us to keep dealing in paper-based currencies and economies, or to redefine our monetary and financial systems?”  Answers to the question were all good — given the definition of “money” currently in use by economists and policymakers.  It would be better, however, to replace the current definition of “money”.  The understanding of money in all the systems based on the tenets of the “British Currency School” — which include Keynesian, Monetarist, and Austrian schools Read more »

Criticism and Prejudice

Why can't I criticize some blacks without being called "racist"? . . . Why can't criticize Israel without being called an anti-Semite? . . .  Why can't I talk about the Mafia without being called anti-Italian? . . .   Why can't I tell a “Polish joke” without being called anti-Polish? . . Read more »

The For-Profit Social Welfare Policy Sector and End-of-Life Issues: A Troublesome Ethical Mixture

This paper discusses for-profit social welfare and end-of-life issues in the U. S., and concludes that the strong profit motive, plus diminishing budgets, growing demands (such as an increased aged population) and other factors will result in increasing ethical problems vis-à-vis end-of-life issues.  The paper divides as follows:  (1) For-Profit Social Welfare Policy Sector and Human-Service Corporations; (2) Profit Motive Trumps End-of-Life Concerns; (3) Conclusion.  Read more »

The Ongoing Identity Crisis on Campus

As grotesque as it may sound, political correctness continues to get in the way of the Catholic faith on some Catholic campuses in America. That faith took a thumb in the eye at two major institutions in 2009, with some strange “games” being played at both Georgetown and Notre Dame.   Read more »

The Dialogue of Science with Religion: God Did Not Create the Universe in Six Days--or Did He?

Genesis, the Bible’s first book, starts with a creation story that portrays God as creating the universe in six days.  The thirty-six-verse account constitutes a theological mini-treatise on divine sovereignty, and not on scientific origins.  It portrays “the origination and ordering of all that is by the sovereign, initiating will of the Creator”.1 It underscores the power of God’s word.  Although remarkably simple, this creation story is far more sophisticated than most other ancient creation accounts.  Quite noticeable is the absence of monsters being slain Read more »

Inculturating Islam

To approach dialogue with Islam in such a way as to increase understanding and enrich relationships, one must first enter into an authentic relationship with Muslims through an understanding of their faith and its traditions. While the varieties of Islamic belief differ according to these traditions, the essence of the faith entails a common profession in the oneness of God and the prophethood of Mohammed. Read more »

The Mystery of Suffering

It’s probably fair to say that we all start out wanting to be good and to do right, but it isn’t easy to be honest, or fair, or kind in a world which is often dishonest, unjust, and unkind—in a world, that is, which the Church calls “a fallen world”. That world is sorely afflicted with original sin and its consequent moral disorders and confusions, some inherited from our history and others peculiar to the present ambient culture. Read more »

Social Justice and the Human Face

Social justice, despite its complexity and far-ranging implications, has a genesis that is both simple and immediately accessible—the human face. This paradox was eloquently elaborated upon by Pope Benedict XVI in his homily of January 1, 2010. It is a paradox that has challenged the minds of a number of prominent modern thinkers, such as John Paul II, Nikolai Berdyaev, Emmanuel Lévinas, and Max Picard. The following commentary on the pope’s homily draws upon some thoughts of those thinkers. Read more »

Capital Punishment and the Constancy of Catholic Social Teaching

The experience of individuals in the world shares certain consistent realities, and among those shared realities is response to institutional constancy.  We all share the experience of receiving promises that are not kept, from individuals representing institutions. Read more »

The Genocide in Rwanda and the Structural Limitations of the Secular Human Rights Movement

Introduction

In the spring of 2009, after a trial which lasted two years and exposed the horrors of the Rwandan genocide in a courtroom in Montreal, Canada for the first time convicted one of its residents of crimes against humanity that were committed in another country. Read more »