Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin is chairing the 5th edition of the International âEconomy and Societyâ Prize, and underlines the risks of too much dependence on technology and the need to progress in mutual aid.
By Vatican News reporter
The Palazzo della Cancelleria in the Vatican hosted an award ceremony on Thursday afternoon, during which two academics received the 5e International Prize “Economy and Society”.
The event was chaired by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Cardinals Reinhard Marx and Silvano Maria Tomasi congratulated the winners.
Celebrate the social doctrine of the Church
Promoted by the Centesimus Annus Foundation – Pro Pontifice, the âEconomy and Societyâ prize rewards works which make an original contribution to the study and application of the social doctrine of the Church, while receiving recognition for doctrinal soundness and intelligibility for the great public.
This year’s recipients are two Jesuits: Patrick Riordan for his book 2017 âRecover common goods“And Jaime Tatay for his book 2018”Integral ecology and the Catholic reception of the challenge of sustainability: 1891 (Rerum Novarum) – 2015 (Laudato si ‘).
The two winners shared the cash prize of 20,000 euros.
Support young researchers
the Centesimus Annus Foundation also awarded two young researchers grants worth 20,000 euros.
The scholarship recipients were Sofia Horsfall, a student at the University of Rome La Sapienza University studying finance and environmental sustainability, and Erminia Florio, postdoctoral researcher at HEC Montreal who studies the effects of information campaigns on the intention of young people to leave their country of origin.
Technology can’t give direction, only options
In his speech at the event, Cardinal Parolin warned against letting technological progress overtake critical thinking.
Technology, he said, can help people solve a problem and choose between two different paths to a specific goal. However, there is no way technology can help discern the right goal to work towards.
The danger, added the Cardinal, is that humanity begins to view everything as indifferent and unimportant, since technology cannot help us determine which goal to choose.
However, the social doctrine of the Church offers an important contribution in deciding our objective from an ethical perspective.
Achieving the common good together
Cardinal Parolin said that this Doctrine âis fundamentally a way ofâ taking care âandâ being with â, more than a statement of rules; it’s a house.
Our goal or objective, he added, is “a social order which is not only just but also fraternal”.
“The common good means what is achieved with the good of others, not against or indifferent to the interests of these others,” said the cardinal.
He concluded his speech by focusing on the principle of reciprocity.
Cardinal Parolin said that giving and receiving should not be based on the logic of exchange. On the contrary, âI am giving you something so that you can give me according to what you are able to give. “
“The reception of this principle at the political level,” concluded the Cardinal Secretary of State, “is the guarantee of a harmonious and forward-looking community.