Illuminating Dark Times- The Surprising Relevance of Catholic Social Teaching


In 1968 the social philosopher and sometime critic of Christianity Hannah Arendt published a book in homage to Bertolt Brecht’s poem, ‘To Posterity’, which begins with the following stanza:

Indeed I live in the dark times!
A guileless word is an absurdity. A smooth forehead betokens
A hard heart. He who laughs
Has not yet heard
The terrible tidings.



Anna Rowlands