Social Morality. Saint Alberto Hurtado S.J.
CATEGORY: Latin American Theology
CATEGORY: Moral Theology
CATEGORY: Social Doctrine
Alberto Hurtado, SJ, is a saint of our time. His thought emerged from the intellectual and political currents of his time, yet his writings foreshadow the papal and Society documents on social justice that form the basis of our ministries today. This volume is an annotated translation of St. Alberto Hurtado, SJ, work: Moral Social. Working late at night during the last years of his life, Hurtado produced the rough typescript of this book, in which condition it remained after his death in 1952 until the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile published the first Spanish edition in 2004 and a second edition in 2006. This is the first English translation.
"St. Alberto Hurtado's pioneering life deserves to be better known in the English-speaking world. This translation of one of his great works reveals how this hardworking Jesuit combined a deep devotional life with an unshakeable commitment to the poor and marginalized. Apostle of the poor, social activist, dedicated scholar and magazine editor, St. Alberto might be called the patron saint of multi-taskers. St. Alberto is one of the greatest of all Jesuit saints, and one of the most accessible. Come to know his mind and his heart in this beautiful book."
James Martin, S.J., editor of America Magazine, author of "The Jesuit Guide" and "Jesus: A Pilgrimage."
“Alberto Hurtado´s ideas were often resisted, raising questions that frequently bewildered his contemporaries. Those same questions are raised for us today. This book shows us the efforts of a group of lucid Catholics who were laying groundwork for the Second Vatican Council through determined dialogue with the world and its injustices. Such efforts, yesterday as today, will lead to misunderstandings, conflicts, and censures. Social Morality is the prophetic effort of Father Hurtado to articulate the partnership of faith and justice, which years later was to be formulated as the heart of the mission of the Society of Jesus.”
Cristián del Campo, S.J., Provincial of the Society of Jesus, Chile.
"During the early part of the twentieth century, Chile witnessed the prophetic voice and commitment of Fr. Alberto Hurtado, S.J. as he engaged some of the most pressing social questions of the moment in his country. Social Morality, now available in English for the first time more than half a century after Fr. Hurtado’s death, is a masterpiece. In this book we learn that loving God and the people one serves, especially those most vulnerable, demands working for justice for all. The voice of Fr. Hurtado, prophet, visionary and saint, echoes loudly through the pages of this important work."
Hosffman Ospino, PhD, Associate Professor of Theology and Education, Boston College, School of Theology and Ministry.
Scott FitzGibbon is Graduate of the Harvard Law School (J.D.), where he was an Articles Officer of the Harvard Law Review, and of Oxford University (B.C.L.), where he studied legal philosophy. He is a professor at Boston College Law School, a member of the American Law Institute, and a member of the International Society of Family Law. He is the Editor in Chief of the International Journal of the Jurisprudence of the Family and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Academy for the Study of the Jurisprudence of the Family. He is a member of the Irish Jurisprudence Society and of the International Chair on Natural Law and Human Personhood, Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina.
Fernanda Soza holds a Law degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, a Master of Laws degree from Boston College (2015) and has been admitted to the Bar in Chile (2002) and Massachusetts (June 2017). She was the Director of San Sebastian University Law School in the south of Chile (2012-2013) and a Judicial Intern-Law Clerk for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (2015- 2016). Fernanda is a Visiting Scholar at Boston College Law School since 2017, researching, organizing an international conference, and now publishing the edited translation on Hurtado s work Social Morality with professor Scott FitzGibbon. She is currently the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Chile Massachusetts Alliance Inc.
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