God and the Recession

March 24, 2009 in General, News

gerry_oh_01.jpgOn 23 March, in Buswell’s Hotel, Professor Ray Kinsella of the UCD Smurfit School of Business, launched “The Recession and God” by Gerry O’Hanlon SJ. Ray started by invoking the Holy Spirit on the gathering, with an unforced piety that not every cleric could emulate. Gerry’s message was clear: as we recover from the recession, there should be a spiritual dimension to our economic thinking: respecting the capacity of Planet Earth to sustain us, and reversing the exploitation of the poor, which intelligent neo-liberals have taken for granted in much the same way as 18th-century gentlemen accepted slavery. Church of Ireland Archbishop John Neill, pictured here with Gerry, listened attentively. For an interview with Gerry about his book, see the homepage of Jesuit.ie.