Right across the world we have experienced economic, political, social and, indeed, moral collapse. Individualism and greed have proved our undoing as inept government, irresponsible banking and an out-of-control construction sector have brought us to the edge of ruin. The free-market system is in meltdown and needs replacing.
The fundamental issue is cultural. Rather than being concerned with solidarity, we were carried away by selfishness and no solution is possible in that environment. The answer lies in community. Lasting progress is possible in such a context and transformation can spring from the grassroots - only!
James O'Halloran is a Salesian who has worked with communities for forty years as member, coordinator and promoter. This mission he has carried out worldwide from the halls of universities to cities, rural villages and far-flung mission stations. Twenty of the forty years were spent between Africa and Latin America. At the moment he is based in Ireland where he is involved in a project for homeless young people and helps in a Dublin inner city parish.