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Social Research and Action Center
Centre de recherche et d'action sociales
File:CERASfrance.png
AbbreviationCERAS
Established1903; 116 years ago (1903)
Location
  • 4 rue de la Croix Faron
    The Plaine Saint-Denis
Official language
French
Director
Bertrand Hériard Dubreuil
Main organ
Project
AffiliationsJesuit, Catholic
Staff
14 and 4 volunteers
WebsiteCERAS

Center for Social Research and Action (CERAS: Centre de recherche et d'action sociales) – formerly Popular Action – is an association created in 1903 by the Society of Jesus.[1] Its social action aims at the construction of a more just and inclusive socio-economic system. Its chief impact comes through research and the publication of the magazine Project, the maintenance of a website, and the organization of conferences and training.[2]

History[edit]

The Center for Research and Social Action (CERAS) is the heir of Action Populaire, founded in 1903 by Jesuit Father Henri-Joseph Leroy, at that time in exile in Belgium. Its founder proposed to implement the encyclical Rerum novarum (May 15, 1891) which inaugurated the social doctrine of the Catholic Church, and also to support the encyclical Au milieu des solicitudes (February 20, 1892) which invited the Catholics of France to back the French Republic (1870-1940).

CERAS adopted its present name in 1961.[3] Its action has kept social justice as a major goal, whose meaning has evolved in the twentieth century.[4] The center, while focused on labor law in the beginning, later focused on business, then agriculture,[5] and after the Second World War on developing countries, energy, immigration, and the problem of the suburbs. [3]

In 1984 CERAS produced a reference work on The Social Discourse of the Catholic Church from Leo XIII to John Paul II.[6][7] In 2005 it celebrated 100 years in the service of social Catholicism.[8] The same year it opened its premises in La Plaine Saint-Denis, as part of a process of deepening the research-action dimension to better reflect "the realities on the ground".[9]

In June 2008, Bertrand Hériard Dubreuil became Director of CERAS after the departure of Pierre Martinot-Lagarde at the beginning of April to be Special Advisor to the Director General of the ILO in Geneva. Dubreuil used the Paris suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis as a basis for some of the research carried on by CERAS. In 2017 he became national chaplain for the Christian Movement of Executives and Officers[10] and Marcel Rémon became the new director of CERAS.[11]

Activities[edit]

The CERAS team includes both religious and lay people who endeavor to apply Catholic social teaching to their work in the social sciences. In 2017 it had fourteen staff members, one trainee, and four volunteers.[12]

Its activity is divided into publication, research, and training. The publication component consists of the bimonthly Project, published since 1908,[13][14] and of its regularly updated website.[2][15] The research component after 2005 focused some on issues underlying the suburban crisis, using a suburb of Paris as a laboratory. The training component includes sessions and seminars dealing with major societal problems, joining the research work of CERAS with the work of outside stakeholders. It further sponsors the reflection of people and groups committed to social service.[16] The center offers each year a training session for Church staff with themes such as migration or youth.[13]

CERAS purposes a social system that does "not involve the liquidation of the welfare state, but the invention of new means to make it more efficient and to finance it."[17] In 2016, a commentary on the Catholic right website Catholic-Ripost[18] mentioned that, together with the newspaper La Croix, CERAS was investing $100,000 in defeating far-right candidates in France,[19] And in the two rounds of the 2017 presidential election between Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, CERAS joined a forum with sixty other associations to get out the vote, implicitly against Marine Le Pen.[20]

From January 30 to February 2, 2017, the annual CERAS conference focused on the topic of one world, living together.[13] The November 22, 2017, roundtable on "From Populorum Progressio to Laudato si ': a bold word on the developing world" was moderated by the editor of Project and included among its prominent panelists fr:Guy Aurenche and fr:Yves Berthelot.[2]

References[edit]

  1. Chrétiens penseurs du social, L'Après-guerre (1945-1967) de Jean-Yves Calvez aux éditions du Cerf
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "CERAS :". www.ceras-projet.org (in français). Retrieved 2017-11-25.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Centenaire de l'Action populaire". Revue Projet (in français). Retrieved 2017-11-25.
  4. "Projet : civilisation, travail, économie". scd.unicaen.fr (in français). Retrieved 2017-11-25.
  5. Le Père Desbuquois et l'Action Populaire (1919-1946) de Paul Droulers aux presses de l'Université Grégorienne
  6. Maugenest, Denis (1984-12-01). Le Discours social de l'Eglise catholique : De Léon XIII à Jean-Paul II, les grands textes de l'enseignement social de l'Eglise catholique. Paris: Le Centurion. ISBN 9782227303010.
  7. Houée, Paul (2009). Repères pour un développement humain et solidaire (in français). Editions de l'Atelier. pp. 118 (references). ISBN 9782708240056.
  8. "Centre de Recherche et d'Action Sociale CERAS - Doctrine sociale de l'Eglise". doctrinesocialeeglise.org (in français). Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  9. Noel, BARRE (2014-04-22). Jésuites et ouvriers. La mission ouvrière jésuite de 1944 à la fin des années 1990 (in français). KARTHALA Editions. ISBN 9782811111229.
  10. "Bertrand Hériard-Dubreuil s.j., nouvel aumônier national - Mouvement Chrétien des Cadres et dirigeants". www.mcc.asso.fr (in français). Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  11. "Qui sommes-nous ?". www.ceras-projet.org (in français). Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  12. "Qui sommes-nous ?". www.ceras-projet.org (in français). Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 "Au défi du vivre ensemble - Enseignement Catholique". Enseignement Catholique (in français). 2016-12-06. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  14. "Le diocèse de Saint-Denis contre... l'extrême-droite - Riposte-catholique". Riposte-catholique (in français). 2016-05-26. Retrieved 2017-11-25.
  15. "Ceras". Kto (in français). Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  16. "Nos offres de formation". www.ceras-projet.org (in français). Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  17. "Inégaux devant la mort. Gaël Giraud,jésuite, économiste, Ceras (Centre d'étude et de recherche en action sociale)". La Croix (in français). 2008-07-03. ISSN 0242-6056. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  18. "Riposte-catholique intimide et harcèle les « mauvais cathos »". L'Obs (in français). Retrieved 2017-11-27.
  19. "Le diocèse de Saint-Denis contre... l'extrême-droite - Riposte-catholique". Riposte-catholique (in français). 2016-05-26. Retrieved 2017-11-27.
  20. JDD, Le. ""Le pire est malheureusement possible!" : l'appel de 61 associations et ONG avant le second tour" (in français). Retrieved 2017-11-25.


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