Authors
 

Giandomenico Mucci, SJ

Emeritus editor, La Civiltà Cattolica

 

Among the Enlightenment’s legacy there is an idea that spanned the centuries and penetrated deeply into the mentality of people in the West. It is the idea of progress, the idea of moving toward our cultural, moral and material best, especially thanks to the successes of science and technology. This idea shaped much of modern… Read the full article

11.01.2021

“For we are as tree trunks in the snow. In appearance they lie smoothly and a little push should be enough to set them rolling. No, that’s not the case, for they are firmly wedded to the ground. But see, even that is only seemingly the case.”[1] This is from a story by Kafka that… Read the full article

04.01.2021

In 1965, during the celebrations for the seventh centenary of Dante’s birth, our magazine published two articles aimed at dispelling a popular misconception among Italians about the attitude of the Jesuits toward the Divine Comedy.[1] This misconception arose thanks to a critique of the poem by a famous 18th-century Jesuit scholar and literary critic, Saverio… Read the full article

30.11.2020

“Progress” is one of the most commonly used words. It is practically synonymous with improvement, refinement or evolution, while its correlative, “regression,” indicates a backward movement , decay or return to a less advanced or primitive stage. The need for progress is inherent in human nature. It takes place through human activities in the historical… Read the full article

23.09.2020

Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn on December 16, 1770, and died in Vienna on March 26, 1827. Hence December 2020 will mark the 250th anniversary of his birth. Among the great musicians of 19th-century Germany, Beethoven is certainly the best known and most popular. It has been said of him that “he is… Read the full article

30.07.2020

“The life of the world to come.” This detail in the profession of faith concludes the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed proclaimed at Mass on Sundays and on other solemnities. It is perhaps recited by the faithful without particular attention and without too much weight given to these words. “Eternity” is a word that has fallen into disuse…. Read the full article

08.05.2020

Reviewing a recently published volume that translates as Journey to the End of the West: Secular divergence and the rise of nationalism,[1] Sabino Cassese has written: Darkness falls. The West disappears. We have all suddenly become racist or nationalist. Fates diverge. The human person is pushed to the sidelines. A sense of irresponsibility spreads. Society… Read the full article

26.03.2020

Anemia is a blood-depleting condition that keeps sufficient oxygen from reaching body tissue. “Cultural Anemia” is a concept used to describe the arrogance and superficiality that traverse our society which are among the causes of both a certain anti-educational phenomenon and the loss, for politics, of its true identity, which is the service of the… Read the full article

13.02.2020
 
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