• James F. Keenan Boston College, USA
Keywords: Covid-19, Inequity, Progress, Recognition, Vulnerability


This article explores the present circumstances where we find ourselves astonished by our own inability to deal with the crisis more collectively and supportively. Through research data that highlights how inequity is driving the worst of this virus and then the oversight of major social commentators, we examine the present precarity of humanity, the need for greater solidarity and vulnerability, the danger of misinformation and scapegoating, and the call for the church to rearticulate its mission today. The article concludes reflecting on the evident confusion and distrust around the world and suggests that the way forward is to acknowledge our guilt for the inequities, our need for epistemic humility, and our pledge to recognize and accompany those most at risk.

Author Biography

James F. Keenan, Boston College, USA

James F. Keenan SJ is the Vice Provost for Global Engagement, Canisius Chair and Director of the Jesuit Institute at Boston College. As the founder of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church (CTEWC), he chaired the international conferences in Padua (2006), Trento (2010) and Sarajevo (2018). Recently he wrote University Ethics: How Colleges Can Build and Benefit from a Culture of Ethics and has just published two edited books, Building Bridges in Sarajevo: The Plenary Papers of Sarajevo 2018 and Street Homelessness and Catholic Theological Ethics. Email:


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How to Cite
Keenan, J. F. (2020). RETHINKING HUMANITY’S PROGRESS IN LIGHT OF COVID-19. Asian Horizons, 14(3), 713-735. Retrieved from