New Perspective for Europe

Following the collapse of totalitarian systems and the removal of the "Iran Curtain" through the middle of Europe, it is now possible to reshape the whole of Europe in freedom and justice. This is a historical, political, cultural, intellectual and spiritual kairos.

At this time, we are witnesses of epochal sociocultural upheavals:
• globally a scientific-technical, social and mental revolution is taking place that is comparable with the "lndustrial Revoluiton" of the 19th century;
• modern goals, programs, paradigms are losing plausibility, while probing and searching for goals and programs that lead beyond modern times is a laborious endeavor.

People in the reform states are simultaneously faced with additional difficult challenges and burdens:
• external and internal transformations of political totalitarianism and the central administration economy into pluralist free democracies with a high degree of self­ responsibility on the part of the people and new tasks for the institutions at every level and for civil society;
• rapid integration into the "Construction Site Europe", into a large area with unfamiliar and confusing framework conditions, value systems and regulations.

Challenge and Test for Social Ethics

This concentration of upheavals rattles familiar economic, social and mental structures and calls previously held values and structures into question.
This exciting and challenging situation requires well founded hope and orientation. We would like to make a social-ethical contribution to this from Catholic perspectives and an ecumenical stance. Especially we support:

  • exchange among the countries of Central Europe in the discipline of social ethics,
  • exchange among academic social ethics, social education and social work.
  • Specifically, we organize conferences on social-ethical issues of our times, promote relevant publications and support social educational activities.

Members

  • Professors, lecturers, assistants at universities and colleges with social ethics agendas or interests
  • Priests, pastoral workers, managers and staff from adult education institutions, lay apostolate movements and other organizations, as well as individuals engaged in social ethics
  • lndividuals, organizations, Enterprises as supporting members