LEIZ-senior-researcher, theologian Dr Ramona Kordesch was invited to participate in a debate on global crisis scenarios that was held on March 9th, 2017, at Vienna’s Esterhazy Palace. The event was hosted by the Vienna-based private bank, Schelhammer & Schatterer. Other members of the panel were the diocesan bishop of Carinthia, Alois Schwarz, Middle-East expert, Karin Kneissl, brigardier Walter Feichtinger from the Austrian Territorial Defence Academy, fund manager, Dirk Müller, futurologist, Dirk Solte, and the head of Schelhammer & Schattera’s supervisory board, Christian Jauk.
Issues to be discussed by the panel were, inter alia: What is the shape of a world dominated by Trump, Putin, and Erdogan? What is Europe’s role amid the superpowers: the US, Russia, and China? What is the relevance of Christian ethics and of sustainability for the emerging political scenarios? In this context, Ramona Kordesch reminded the panel of Pope Francis’ contributions to the post-growth debate, a topic on which otherwise the Church has little to say. Observing a spiritual vacuum in Europe, with churches increasingly remaining empty, she concluded that Europe is fair game for radical political and religious ideas.
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