Church to reflects on South African Economy

A DAY OF DISCERNMENT AND REFLECTION ON SOUTH AFRICAN ECONOMY FROM THE VIEW POINT OF THE CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING  – 19th NOVEMBER 2021.

(Update) Live on SACBC Justice and Peace Facebook and Radio Veritas from 3pm

SACBC Justice and Peace Commission invites you to a day of reflection on the state of South African economy and what needs to happen so as to make it work for the common good, the concerns of the poor and the integrity of God’s creation.    

“The promise was that when the glass was full, it would overflow, benefiting the poor.  What happens instead is that when the glass is full, it magically gets bigger, but nothing ever comes out for the poor.” Pope Francis.

MODERATOR:  Sheila Pires

MORNING SESSION:  A VIEW FROM ECONOMISTS

8.45-9.00Opening Prayer and Welcome Bishop Phalana  
9.00-9.45What South Africa’s macro-economic policy should look like so that it begins to work for the common good    Ms Liepollo Pheko  
9.45-10.30Questions and discussions.   
10.30-11.30Break   
11.30-12.00What the government’s reconstruction and recovery plan should look like:  Perspectives from the common good and well -being economyProfessor Lorenzo Fioramonti, Professor of Economics, University of Pretoria, International Expert on well-being economy.  
12.0012.30 Questions and discussions. 

AFTERNOON SESSION:  A VIEW FROM CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING

2.00-2.30What should South Africa’s economic transformation and recovery look like: Insights from Pope Francis’s teaching on economy     Fr. Joe Falkiner OP    
2.30-3.00Questions and discussions.   
3.15-4.45Keynote address: Building an ethical vision of South African economy:  perspectives from Catholic Social TeachingBishop Kelvin Dowling      
4.45. 5.15 Questions and Discussions.   
5.15.5.30 Closing remarks and prayerBishop Phalana

“Let us not go back to normality, sick with injustice, inequality and environmental degradation.  The normality to which we are called is that of the Kingdom of God, where there is bread for all and the social organisation is based on contributing, sharing and distributing.”  (Pope Francis, 30 September 2020).

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