Skip to comments.CENTER FOR GLOBAL ETHICS (world religious movement behind Terri right to die)
Posted on 03/24/2005 11:37:07 AM PST by restornu
The CENTER FOR GLOBAL ETHICS coordinates the work of thinkers, scholars and activists from around the world, who are working to define, implement and promote policies of responsible global citizenship. As profoundly interconnected members of a global community, we recognize the need to develop and advance the acceptance of a viable and sustainable Global Ethic.
Global Ethic Foundation Prof. Dr. Hans Küng, President Declaration of a Global Ethic Hans Küng Declaration of a Global Ethic Leonard Swidler "Ethics Statements of Human Activities and Professions," particularly on an international level, e.g., business, labor, law
"Ecological Ethics," especially though not only as expressed in the emerging Earth Charter and related efforts, such as the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century and the Earth Network
These three areas are all closely related, but also distinct. There are two major aspects to all three areas: (A) the drafting and examination of the various ethics statements, and (B) the gaining of their world-wide approval and implementation. 1) By its very nature "A Universal Declaration of a Global Ethic" focuses on the basic ethical principles that can be declared common to all major religious and ethical traditions. Hence, unlike the various "Ethics Statements of Human Activities and Professions," "A Universal Declaration of a Global Ethic" must be broad and general. At present there are available two such drafts, one originally drawn up by Hans Küng (and subsequently endorsed in 1993 by the Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago) and one by Leonard Swidler. The CENTER FOR GLOBAL ETHICS is working to improve, and possibly synthesize, them.
Additional versions of "A Universal Declaration of a Global Ethic" from across the globe, as well as diverse religious and ethical traditions are also being encouraged. Once they have been coordinated they will yield a broad Consensus Declaration arrived at from "below" as well as "above." Even if the precise wording of one of the present drafts were finally agreed on (likely or unlikely as that may be), it is vital that as many different groups as possible work through the issues (perhaps using the two present drafts as starting points) and express their ideas in precise written words, thereby both contributing to the final draft, and taking ownership of it. This latter "taking ownership" is essential in developing strategies to gain widespread approval, which will be necessary before implementation can reasonably be hoped for.
2) "Ethics Statements of Human Activities and Professions" are frequently already on record. To be applicable beyond their original domain, they need to be inventoried, categorized, collated, analyzed and correlated to the emerging "Universal Declaration of a Global Ethic" and "Earth Charter."
The CENTER FOR GLOBAL ETHICS serves as a center for such collection, sorting, and analysis. By its nature, this process contributes to the necessary ongoing updating and improving of already existing and approved ethics statements. In addition, human activities and professions which do not yet have sufficiently internationally developed and accepted statements of ethics are encouraged by The CENTER FOR GLOBAL ETHICS to launch or intensify such efforts. Collaboration with the United Nations and various Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) is especially important in the work of this area.
3) Statements of various "Ecological Ethics" already exist and have been largely inventoried, collated and analyzed by the Earth Council, which is far advanced in the production of an "Earth Charter." The CENTER FOR GLOBAL ETHICS works to coordinate the developments in the areas of the "Universal Declaration of a Global Ethic" and the "Ethics Statements of Human Activities and Professions" with the activity of the Earth Council, particularly the drafting, distribution, wide acceptance, and implementation of the "Earth Charter."
The CENTER FOR GLOBAL ETHICS is sponsored by a not-for-profit (501c3) organization associated with the Global Dialogue Institute, the Institute for Interreligious, Intercultural Dialogue, and the Journal of Ecumenical Studies, located at Temple University, a state-related university in Philadelphia, PA 19122. The Center, the Institutes, and the Journal are directed by Leonard Swidler, Professor of Catholic Thought and Interreligious Dialogue at Temple University.
The CENTER FOR GLOBAL ETHICS operates an e-mail discussion forum. To subscribe, send the following e-mail message to: firstname.lastname@example.org: subscribe g-ethic (your) firstname lastname. You can take a look at some of our ongoing discussion in the Temple Listserv Archive site for the Global Ethic Project.
Global Ethic Foundation Der Bundespräsident war am 1. Dezember 2004 nach Tübingen gekommen. Er hielt die vierte Weltethos-Rede im Festsaal der Universität. Die Weltethos-Rede wurde in weitere Hörsäle der Neuen Aula mit Bild und Ton übertragen. Die Rede >>
Note: This is an early version of the Declaration that would eventually be endorsed by the Parliament of the World's Religions in 1993. It is posted here for researchers interested in the genesis of the Global Ethic project. The final text can be retrieved from the website of the Stiftung Weltethos in Germany in *English or in German. Ingrid Shafer, 25 March 1999.
English version not found!!
We women and men from various ethical and religious traditions commit ourselves to the following Universal Declaration of a Global Ethic. We speak here not of ethics in the plural, which implies rather great detail, but of ethic in the singular, i.e., the fundamental attitude toward good and evil, and the basic and middle principles needed to put it into action.
Just another NGO with an agenda to promote and believe me, it is not pro-American.
India is joining the WTO through copyright and patent agreements that will cut off the largest supply of generic drugs in the world, which will surely lead to more terminal sickness and deaths; the U.S. is rapidly accepting the idea that a life dependent is a life unworthy of support what with a steady abortion rate, more "right-to-die" cases coming down on death's side and dire warnings that our safety net is shredding from side to corner.
There may be an upside to this in the short run, perhaps a return to the so-called nuclear family, but, as we all can see, sometimes the work to keep it all together is just too hard, given all the opportunities to have fun.
Way back when, it was famously said that when there was dirty or unprofitable work to be done, or one was just plain lazy, that one should just, "Let George do it."
I think George has joined the union.
Hans Kung ping.
Somebody please tell this dunce, that every human has a right to die one day, but not all have a right to live, and this is the most important right. Terri Schiavo is being denied her right to even live. May God help us all.
Interesting. You'll know a tree by its fruit.
Now as we witness that many of our Supreme Corut Judges look to international Law we began to see the full picture unfold that the US is to come into complaiance With this Global Ethics
WHAT IS HAPPENING TO OUR US CONSTITUTION???
We get duped by what we think the WORD means and not knowing how the WORD is used like ETHICS "Good Work Ethics!" sounds good until we learn after it is TOO LATE there is a generation being raised to undermind our US Constitution!
They use the WORD RIGHTS as in "Human Rights!" or in the RIGHT to die! Somewhere along this path you really do not have RIGHTS or protection of our US Government!
When we hear our Government Speak we better understand what they are saying
Strong Work Ethic and Aspirations (4 of 10) Immigrant families generally come to America eager to improve their standard of living. Parents are willing to work hard, and they expect their children to do the same. According to data provided by Hernandez, the parents in immigrant families are almost as likely to be working as those in U.S.-born families (97% versus 99%).5
Children of immigrants typically are imbued with a strong sense of family obligation and ethnic pride, and with the importance of education. As a result, the children of immigrants tend to have high educational aspirations and are less likely than children of U.S.-born families to engage in risky behaviors such as substance abuse, early sexual intercourse, and delinquent or violent activity.6 Studies show that they also tend to spend more time doing homework and that they do better in school, at least through middle school. For example, although their reading test scores are somewhat lower, 8th-grade children of immigrants have slightly higher grades and math test scores than their counterparts of the same ethnicity in U.S.-born families.7
**Terri Schiavo is being denied her right to even live.**
Bumping that thought!
Have you been following this Hans Kung?
Yes, although I haven't posted any articles about him to FR.
I've been following his career for years. He was originally one of the periti of the Second Vatican Council.
I apologize if you know this already, but a peritus is the title sometimes given to a bishop's official theologian and at the Council, each delegation of bishops from each language group (French-speaking, English-speaking, etc.) had their own group of periti advising them, and theses "experts" would often suggest changes in the documents proposed to the Council, etc.
Kung was the hot young turk of Continental theology at that time and was considered the most influential voice in the German-speaking delegation, although he was not a bishop.
He made a big deal of being "orthodox but progressive" but three years after the Council ended, he was one of the theologians calling for a restructuring of the Church's teaching on sexual morality. Then when the Pope nixed that ridiculousness, he wrote a book denouncing the infallibility of the Magisterium.
He was finally stripped of his authority to teach 16 years after the Council, and he did a lot of damage in that time.
The most vocal anti-Catholic group in German-speaking lands, "We Are Church" was inspired by his thinking.
It turns out that while he was calling for a change in the Church's teaching, he was also carrying on an intimate, almost daily correspondence with the wealthy, jet-setting wife of an acquaintance and had met with her many times in private.
They both claim that their relationship was purely Platonic and based on common philosophical interests, but the letters are far from dispassionate discussions.
A wise priest, whenever he was confronted by a Catholic who said: "Father, I am losing my faith and finding it hard to believe in Church teaching anymore" would respond "What is her name?"