On July 28, 2018, Father Charles Curran, (Elizabeth Scurlock University Professor of Human Values at Southern Methodist University) delivered a plenary address at the Sarajevo ethics conference. Father Curran’s paper laid out the foundation for social justice action and cited the need for Catholic ethicists not only to identify right and wrong but also to work for justice in the world.
At the onset of his address, Father Curran commented: “In this significant conference we are talking about contemporary moral problems we are facing in the world today such as corruption, ecological devastation, and climate change. My charge is to develop what the Catholic moral tradition has to say about these and similar problems. I will often refer to these problems using the broader phrase of justice, peace, and the integrity of creation.”
Continuing, Father Curran added: “I propose that Catholic tradition at its best has three important considerations that bear on dealing with these moral problems we are facing today. 1) It is not enough just to determine whether an act is right or wrong, but there is a need to make what is right more present in our society. 2) The consideration of the morality of acts is not enough. Attention must be given to the person who can bring about change. 3) Other actors based on the principle of subsidiarity.”
Father Curran’s address is available courtesy of the National Catholic Reporter. Please Click here.