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Roman Missal press conference 22 March




2213 L Tue 19 Mar 2002

This morning I read learnt of the publication of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal - with a press conference being planned for 22 March 2002. Having been waiting for it since August 2000 it was quite surprising. I added a page about this and a search page for the site.

Tonight I went to a talk by Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop. Her most recent book is "Take It Personally: How globalization affects you and how to fight back". She is an extraordinary combination of successful business executive and activist.

I borrowed a small book about her from the library by Rob Alcraft (1998). It gives her background on page 8: "Anita went to a Catholic convent school called St Catherine's. Her teachers were nuns."

Looking at her books in shops this afternoon I did not see much about religion. But in the talk tonight there seemed to be more on this. In talking problems of corporations and globalization she spoke of the ethical foundations of societies in Christianity, Islam and Judaism. This she was promoting, like a family wage and problems of poverty, are also things the Church talks about.

I am half way through reading a book about globalization by Thomas Friedman: The Lexus and the Olive Tree. He seems to have a more positive perspective on it. For example:

... At both the corporate and government levels, the democratizations of technology, finance and information started to converge in the late 1980s and created amazing new efficiencies and economies of scale in the marketplace, as well as a whole new place to do business called Cyberspace. ... (page 65)

Anita tended to focus on the human cost of these new efficiencies and convey it effectively with slides and examples. Obviously I am simplifying both their messages.

Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 19 March 2002.


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