The Theology of Integral Human Development

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The Role of Faith in International Development & Public Affairs

This well-researched and easy to read book by Matt Moran explores:

  • The meaning of integral human development
  • The pioneering role of the Catholic Church in development
  • The intrinsic values that faith brings to international development
  • The Missionary Approach to Development Interventions
  • Human dignity and right relations that enable people to flourish and live life to the full
  • Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation
  • The importance of inter-religious dialogue for peaceful co-existence
  • Authentic partnership vs financial relationship in the power balance between Western funders and implementing organisations in the Global South
  • The faith inter-face with the UN, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNAIDS, World Bank, WHO and the EU
  • Faith’s receding place in public affairs in an increasingly intolerant secular Ireland
  • The relationship between Church and State in Ireland
  • The Irish Government’s interface with FBOs in the provision of health and social care services
  • The fractious relationship between the Catholic Church and the Irish media
  • A dialogue of hope to imagine an alternative narrative in Ireland
  • The evolving clash between Christian values and human rights as in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and
  • The un-challenged findings on bias and serious dysfunction within the European Court of Human Rights.

The Foreword to the book was written by Dr David Begg who served as CEO of Concern Worldwide, Board Member of Trócaire, and on the Advisory Board of Irish Aid. He is Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Social Sciences at Maynooth University.

The book has been endorsed by theologians in Ireland, Africa and Canada, as well as by Cardinal Peter Turkson from Ghana.


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About the Author

After a career in the public service and later in international development with Catholic missionaries and serving as Chairperson of the Board of Misean Cara, Matt Moran turned to writing as a hobby in retirement. He published The Legacy of Irish Missionaries Lives On in 2016 exploring how the development and humanitarian work commenced and undertaken for decades in the Global South by the Irish is being continued and expanded by local religious and indigenous missionaries in those territories. Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, wrote the Foreword to the book which was launched by Senator Rónán Mullen.

Matt is currently undertaking research for a book on The Cultural Colonisation of Africa by the West. He contributes articles on missionary and social affairs and international development to Independent Catholic News in the U.K. and to UCANews in Asia, as well as to Gript Media and the Iona blog in Ireland.

The Theology of Integral Human Development is his second book. It was launched in October 2022 by Carol Nolan TD, Vice-Chair of the All-Party Oireachtas Life & Dignity Group, Dr David Begg, and Professor Fáinche Ryan, Director of the Loyola Institute at TCD, Dublin.

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Weight 550 g
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