Holy Family Church: Economics and Catholic Social Teaching

first_imgFaith Essays & Inspirations Holy Family Church: Economics and Catholic Social Teaching Published on Friday, February 3, 2012 | 8:15 pm Community News Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News 13 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday HerbeautyJennifer Lopez And Alex Rodriguez’s Wedding DelayedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRobert Irwin Recreates His Father’s Iconic PhotosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment Dr. Daniel K. Finn, Ph.D.Dr. Daniel K. Finn, PhD, a leading author and scholar on the relationship between economics and Catholic social teaching, spoke on Connecting Spirituality, Markets & the Financial Crisis: The Moral Theology of Markets.Dr. Finn is Professor of Theology and the William E. and Virginia Clemens Chair in Economics and the Liberal Arts at St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota. He is pastpresident of both the Society of Christian Ethics and the Catholic Theological Society of America. A member of the Board of Trustees of USC’s Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies, his books include The Moral Ecology of Markets: a Framework for Assessing Justice in Economic Life (Cambridge, 2006) and The True Wealth of Nations: Catholic Social Thought and Economic Life (Oxford, 2010). He has received the Monica Hellwig Award for Outstanding Contributions to Catholic Intellectual Life from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, the Thomas F. Divine Award for Lifetime Contributions to Social Economics and the Social Economy from the Association for Social Economics, and the Robert L. Spaeth Teacher of Distinction Award from Saint John’s University.Dr. Finn, who comes to us with the strong recommendation of Fr. Jim Heft, will outline the history of Catholic social teaching, and will discuss recent encyclicals and the proposal of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace for stronger international oversight of financial markets. A question and answer period will follow.The event was sponsored by Holy Family’s Social Concerns Ministry.Holy Family Church, 1501 Fremont Avenue South Pasadena, (626) 799-8908, or visit www.holyfamily.org. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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People moves: Ilmarinen picks RI lead; Firefighters’ scheme names chair

first_imgIlmarinen, Firefighters’ Pension SAB, SuMi TRUST, Schroders, BDB Pitmans, PAMIlmarinen — Finland’s largest pension insurance company Ilmarinen has appointed Karoliina Lindroos as its new head of responsible investment. She replaces Anna Hyrske, who left the company to head up responsible investment for the Bank of Finland last month after working for Ilmarinen for more than 20 years. Lindroos joins the firm from her current role as senior environmental and social adviser at Finnish government development finance company Finnfund. Lindroos is to take up her new role on 31 August.Firefighters’ Pension SAB – Joanne Livingstone has been named chair of the UK’s Firefighters’ Pension Scheme Advisory Board, which advises the Home Secretary on the desirability of making changes to the scheme. It also advises and assists the 45 Fire and Rescue services in England and their local pension boards. Her appointment as chair commenced on 17 August 2020 and will last for four years. The FPS is a statutory unfunded pension scheme. Livingstone is currently an adviser to the Judicial Pensions Committee, which advises the Lord Chief Justice in relation to pensions matters. She also serves as the chair of trustees for the Liberty Europe Pension Scheme and is a practitioner member of the Actuarial Council. Previously she worked as a scheme actuary and for Pension Wise, acting as a guider in face-to-face meetings about pensions with members of the public.SuMi TRUST – The Asian asset manager has appointed Shigeo Mito as director of client services and global business development based in the firm’s London office. In his new role Mito will focus on cultivating and expanding SuMi TRUST’s European client base, in addition to developing new bespoke products for investors.Mito has more than 20 years of experience in the asset management industry. He started his career at SuMi TRUST in 2000 working in proprietary trading and went on to manage Japanese equity funds from 2008 to 2017. Prior to taking up his current role he worked as an equity investment specialist, collaborating with SuMi TRUST’s client services and business development team in Europe.Schroders – Nicole Kidd has been named head of private debt for Australia, a new role at the listed asset manager. She will assume the position on 1 September and be based in Schroders’ Sydney office. She joins from RBC where she was most recently managing director and head of corporate banking Australia and institutional client management Asia-Pacific. Nicole will focus on building and developing Schroders’ Private Debt business.Georg Wunderlin, global head of private assets, Schroders, said: “The arrival of Nicole next month marks another significant step in the ongoing growth of our specialist private assets business. Whether it be through selective acquisitions or hiring the best talent, Schroders is dedicated to securing high-quality additions to drive the growth of this business.”He also said that “growing Schroders’ private assets business is a key strategy focus for the firm”. The asset manager is “seeing vast opportunities in private debt specifically which makes this a high priority area for our expansion path.”Schroders private assets and alternatives business manages £45.3bn (€49.8bn) in assets, including private equity, hedge funds, infrastructure finance, insurance-linked securities, commodities, real estate, impact investing and securitised credit.BDB Pitmans – The law firm has hired Alex Rush for its pensions team. Rush joins from Stephenson Harwood, where he trained and practised for more than 13 years. In addition to his private practice work, he has undertaken two secondments to the board of the Pension Protection Fund and acted as a defined benefit scheme secretary for seven years.Pacific Asset Management (PAM) – The firm has announced the appointment of multi-asset ESG specialist Will Thompson as portfolio manager with a focus on its multi-asset SRI funds. Thompson will report to PAM CIO William Bartleet.Thompson joins from HSBC Global Asset Management where he had worked as a senior portfolio manager on the multi-asset team since 2014. At HSBC, he was responsible for running the HSBC Multi-Asset Sustainable, HSBC World Selection and HSBC Global Strategy funds. Prior to this he had been an intern analyst at the Bank of England and also worked as an analyst for Asset Risk Consultants.PAM’s SRI range includes the SRI Cautious Growth and SRI Balanced Growth portfolios, the latter of which has been available to investors since 2012. Originally an offering from Parallel Investment Management, they were acquired in June 2020 as part of a strategic partnership with Fidelius Group.last_img read more

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Reflections of Fidel: NATO’s genocidal role (Part V)

first_imgFidel Castro. Image via: globalresearch.caOn March 9 this year, under the title, “NATO, war, lies and business,” I published a new Reflection on the role of this military organization.I have selected the fundamental paragraphs of that Reflection:“As some people know, in September of 1969, Muammar al-Gaddafi, a Bedouin Arab soldier of unusual character and inspired by the ideas of the Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser, promoted within the heart of the Armed Forces a movement which overthrew King Idris I of Libya, almost a desert country in its totality, with a sparse population, located to the north of Africa between Tunisia and Egypt.”“Born into the heart of a Bedouin community, nomadic desert shepherds in the region of Tripoli, Gaddafi was profoundly anti-colonialist.”“…Gaddafi’s adversaries confirm that he stood out for his intelligence as a student; he was expelled from high school for his anti-monarchical activities. He managed to enroll in another school and later to graduate in law at the University of Benghazi, aged 21. He then entered the Benghazi Military College, where he created the Union of Free Officers Movement, subsequently completing his studies in a British military academy.”“He initiated his political life with unquestionably revolutionary acts.”“In March 1970, in the wake of mass nationalist protests, he achieved the evacuation of British soldiers from the country and, in June, the United States vacated the large airbase close to Tripoli, which was handed over to military instructors from Egypt, a country allied with Libya.“In 1970, a number of Western oil companies and banking societies with the participation of foreign capital were affected by the Revolution. At the end of 1971, the same fate befell the famous British Petroleum. In the agricultural sector all Italian assets were confiscated, and the colonialists and their descendants were expelled from Libya.”“The Libyan leader became immersed in extremist theories as much opposed to communism as to capitalism. It was a stage in which Gaddafi devoted himself to theorizing, which would be meaningless to include in this analysis, except to note that the first article of the Constitutional Proclamation of 1969, established the “Socialist” nature of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.“What I wish to emphasize is that the United States and its NATO allies were never interested in human rights.“The pandemonium that occurred in the Security Council, in the meeting of the Human Rights Council based in Geneva, and in the UN General Assembly in New York, was pure theater.”“The empire is now attempting [… ] to militarily intervene in Libya and deliver a blow to the revolutionary wave unleashed in the Arab world.”“Whether a latent Libyan rebellion was promoted by yankee intelligence agencies or by the errors of Gaddafi himself, it is important that the peoples do not let themselves be deceived, given that, very soon, world opinion will have enough elements to know what to believe.”“Libya, like many Third World countries, is a member of the Non-Aligned Movement, the Group of 77 and other international organizations, via which relations are established independently of the economic and social system of each state.“Briefly: the Revolution in Cuba, inspired by Marxist-Leninist and Martí principles, had triumphed in 1959 at 90 miles from the United States, which imposed the Platt Amendment on us and was the proprietor of our country’s economy.“Almost immediately, the empire promoted against our people dirty warfare, counterrevolutionary gangs, the criminal economic blockade and the mercenary invasion of the Bay of Pigs, guarded by an aircraft carrier and its marines ready to disembark if the mercenary force secured certain objectives.”“All the Latin American countries, with the exception of Mexico, took part in the criminal blockade which is still in place, without our country ever surrendering.”“In January 1986, putting forward the idea that Libya was behind so-called revolutionary terrorism, Reagan ordered the severing of economic and commercial relations with that country.”“In March of that year, an aircraft carrier force in the Gulf of Sirte, within what Libya considered its national waters, unleashed attacks which destroyed a number of naval units equipped with rocket launchers and coastal radar systems which that country had acquired in the USSR.“On April 5, a discotheque in West Berlin frequented by U.S. soldiers was the target of a plastic explosives attack, in which three people died, two of them U.S. soldiers, and many people were injured.“Reagan accused Gaddafi and ordered the Air Force to respond. Three squadrons took off from 6th Fleet aircraft carriers and bases in the United Kingdom, and attacked with missiles and bombs seven military targets in Tripoli and Benghazi. Some 40 people died, 15 of them civilians [… ] when a missile directly hit the residence (of the Libyan leader), his daughter Hanna died and another two of his children were wounded. That act was widely rejected; the UN General Assembly passed a resolution of condemnation given what was a violation of the UN Charter and international law. The Non-Aligned Movement, the Arab League and the OAU did likewise in energetic terms.“On December 21, 1988, a Pan Am Boeing 747 flying from London to New York disintegrated in full flight when a bomb exploded…”“According to the yankees, investigations implicated two Libyan intelligence agents.”“A sinister legend was fabricated against him, with the participation of Reagan and Bush Senior.”“The Security Council had imposed sanctions on Libya which began to be overcome when Gaddafi agreed to the trial, under specific conditions, of the two men accused of the plane sabotage over Scotland.“Libyan delegations began to be invited to inter-European meetings. In July 1999 London initiated the reestablishment of full diplomatic relations with Libya after some additional concessions.”“On December 2, Massimo D’Alema, the Italian prime minister, made the first visit to Libya by a European head of government.“With the disappearance of the USSR and the European socialist bloc, Gaddafi decided to accept the demands of the United States and NATO.”“In early 2002, the State Department announced that diplomatic talks between the United States and Libya were underway.”“At the beginning of 2003, in accordance with the economic agreement on compensation reached between Libya and the plaintiffs, the United Kingdom and France, the UN Security Council lifted its 1992 sanctions against Libya.“Before the end of 2003, Bush and Tony Blair reported an agreement with Libya, which had submitted documentation to British and U.S. intelligence experts about conventional weapons programs and ballistic missiles with a range of more than 300 kilometers. [… ] It was the result of many months of talks between Tripoli and Washington, as Bush himself revealed.“Gaddafi kept his disarmament promises. Within five months Libya handed over the five units of Scud-C missiles with a range of 800 km and hundreds of Scud-B which have a range exceeding the 300 kilometers of defensive short-range. missiles.“As of October, 2002, a marathon of visits to Tripoli began: Berlusconi, in October 2002; José María Aznar, in September 2003; Berlusconi again in February, August and October of 2004; Blair, in March of 2004; the German Schröeder, in October of that year; Jacques Chirac, November 2004.”“Gaddafi toured Europe triumphantly. He was received in Brussels in April of 2004 by Romano Prodi, president of the European Commission; in August of that year the Libyan leader invited Bush to visit his country; Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Texaco and Conoco Philips established renewed oil extraction operations through joint ventures.“In May of 2006, the United States announced the removal of Libya from its list of nations harboring terrorists and established full diplomatic relations.“In 2006 and 2007, France and the U.S. signed accords for cooperation in nuclear development for peaceful ends; in May, 2007, Blair returned to visit Gaddafi in Sirte. British Petroleum signed a contract it described as “enormously important,” for the exploration of gas fields.“In December of 2007, Gaddafi made two trips to France to sign military and civilian equipment contracts for 10 billion euros, and to Spain where he met with President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. Contracts worth millions were signed with important NATO countries.“What has now brought on the precipitous withdrawal of U.S. and other NATO members’ embassies?“It all seems extremely strange.“George W. Bush, father of the stupid anti-terrorist war, said on September 20, 2011 to west Point cadets, “Our security will require … the military you will lead, a military that must be ready to strike at a moment’s notice in any dark corner of the world. … to be ready for preemptive action when necessary to defend our liberty…’”“’We must root out terrorist cells in 60 countries or more [… ] Together with our friends and allies, we have to stop their proliferation and confront regimes which harbor or support terrorism, as is required in each case.’”I add today that Afghanistan, a traditionally rebel country, was invaded; nationalist tribes formerly allied with the United States in their struggle against the USSR, were bombarded and massacred. Dirty war extended to other parts of the world. Iraq was invaded under what turned out to be false pretenses, its abundant oil resources passed into the hands of yankee corporations, millions of people lost their jobs and were obliged to move elsewhere, either within or outside of the country, its museums were looted and countless citizens lost their lives or were massacred by the invaders.Returning to the Reflection, I noted:“An AFP dispatch from Kabul, dated today, March 9, reveals, ‘Last year was the most lethal for civilians in the nine-year war between the Taliban and international forces in Afghanistan, with almost 2,800 deaths, 15% more than in 2009, a United Nations report indicated on Wednesday, underlining the human cost of the conflict for the population.’”“’At exactly 2,777, the number of civilian deaths in 2010 increased by 15% as compared to 2009,’ according to the joint annual report of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan…”“On March 3, President Barack Obama expressed his ‘profound condolences’ to the Afghan people for the nine children killed, as did U.S. General David Petraeus, commander in chief of the ISAF and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.”“… the UNAMA report emphasizes that the number of civilian deaths is four times greater than the number of international forces soldiers killed in combat during the same year.”In relation to Libya, I noted:“Over the course of 10 days, in Geneva and in the United Nations, more than 150 speeches were delivered about violations of human rights, which were repeated million of times on television, radio, Internet and in the written press.“Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez, in his remarks March 1, 2011 before Foreign Relations ministers in Geneva, said:“’Humanity’s conscience is repulsed by the deaths of innocent people under any circumstances, anyplace. Cuba fully shares the worldwide concern for the loss of civilian lives in Libya and hopes that its people are able to reach a peaceful and sovereign solution to the civil war occurring there, with no foreign interference, and guarantee the integrity of that nation.”“’If the essential human right is the right to life, will the Council be ready to suspend the membership of states that unleash war?“’Will it suspend states which finance and supply military aid utilized by recipient states for mass, flagrant and systematic violations of human rights and attacks on the civilian population, like those taking place in Palestine?“’Will it apply measures to powerful countries which are perpetuating extra-judicial executions in the territory of other states with the use of high technology, such as smart bombs and drone aircraft?“’What will happen with states which accept secret illegal prisons in their territories, facilitate the transit of secret flights with kidnapped persons aboard, or participate in acts of torture?’”“’We are against the internal war in Libya, in favor of immediate peace and respect for the lives and rights of all citizens, without foreign intervention, which would only serve to prolong the conflict and NATO interests.’”Yesterday, October 31, an event took place which, like so many others, testifies to the total lack of ethics in yankee politics.The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization was simply adopting a courageous decision: to grant the heroic people of Palestine the right to participate as an active member of UNESCO; 107 states voted in favor, 14 against, 52 abstained from voting. All of us know perfectly well why.The United States representative to this institution, following instructions from the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, immediately announced that from that moment his country would suspend all economic aid to the organization, directed by the UN to education, science and culture.The dramatic tone in which the lady announced the decision was totally unnecessary. Nobody was surprised by the anticipated and cynical decision.But, as if that were not enough, an AFP cable dated, Washington, 16:05pm today caps it:“’After the G20 summit (…) President (Obama) and President Sarkozy will participate in a ceremony in Cannes to celebrate the alliance between the U.S. and France,’ said the U.S. presidency, adding that the leaders will also meet with ‘American and French soldiers who have participated together in the operation’ in Libya.”I shall continue shortly.Fidel Castro RuzNovember 1, 2011 4:32 p.m. 18 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Sharecenter_img Share NewsRegional Reflections of Fidel: NATO’s genocidal role (Part V) by: – November 7, 2011 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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