Globalization can mean ‘possibility for human solidarity,’ says priest

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February 10, 2015

Priest sees 'possibility for human solidarity' in globalization

A Thai vendor pushes his cart past tourists in Bangkok Jan. 19. The globalization of civilization can mean “a new internationalism” but it also can mean “the possibility for human solidarity,” Holy Cross Father Daniel Groody said Feb. 7 during the annual Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in Washington. (CNS photo/Narong Sangnak, EPA)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — “Being against globalization is like being against electricity,” said Holy Cross Father Daniel Groody, the Feb. 7 keynote speaker at the Feb. 7-10 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in Washington.

The choice Catholics have comes in how they acknowledge and practice globalization themselves, said Father Groody, director of Immigration Initiatives at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies and an associate theology professor at the university.

The globalization of civilization can mean “a new internationalism, linking worldwide financial networks … the McDonaldization of world culture — some would say the Wal-Martization of culture,” Father Groody said, but it can also mean “the possibility for human solidarity.”

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