O’Hanlon draws Manresa crowds
On 24 September over a hundred people gathered in Manresa to hear Gerry O’Hanlon SJ talk on God and the recession, and field questions in a lively session. Convinced of the relevance of theological thought for practical living, Fr. O’Hanlon offered an analysis of the socio-economic crisis pervading Ireland. Quoting Bishop Rowan Williams he said there was a role for ‘awkward amateurs’ who would radically refound the vision which would move us forward. “Rescue without reform will only create further crises. The new vision should be founded on the notion of ‘the common good’ and the principles of Catholic Social teaching.” Many present expressed the wish to continue the debate, begun that night, on the shape of the reform.