BY ISN STAFF | October 21, 2014
The Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat of the Jesuit Curia in Rome has released a new document entitled, Promotion of Justice in the Universities of the Society. The document, that includes an introductory letter written by Fr. Michael Garanzini, S.J., secretary of the Society for higher education and president of Loyola University Chicago, invites readers to reflect upon the rich background and understanding of justice and its role in the Jesuit university. According to the Secretariat’s office, the text is intended to help Jesuit universities to further deepen their commitment to working for justice.
The document is broken up into five portions: an introduction, which provides a context for the relationship between social justice and Jesuit mission and Ignatian spirituality; student formation; research; social projection that leads the university to be a tool for transformation; and a university community that promotes justice.
Each section includes a series of questions for self-reflection by individuals and institutions themselves. Questions include the following which were posed at the end of the introduction portion of the text, “Where are we truly in touch with the poor and marginalized? Where do we include them in our community, our research and our service?”
The full document can be read here.