Authors
 

Giovanni Cucci, SJ

Is a member of the College of Writers of La Civiltà Cattolica

 

One of the most deeply rooted symbols in people’s imagination today is the association between happiness and wealth with its many derivatives (consumerism, power and accumulation). Yet this axiom is not only false, it is also one of the major causes of unhappiness. This article presents some detrimental cultural and social consequences of this mentality, also in light of research carried out in the psychological sphere. These all arrive at the same conclusion attributed to Jesus: “There is more joy in giving than in receiving.” Even so, trust in the binomial of happiness and possession-of-goods shows no sign of relenting. It is a typical example of what researchers call “intellectual distortion.”

19.03.2019

Recently, newspapers have given wide coverage to cases of sexual abuse perpetrated on minors by members of the clergy of the Catholic Church, especially in Ireland and Germany. Following these events, Pope Benedict XVI wrote a pastoral letter to the Catholics of Ireland.[1] On several occasions, our magazine has already dealt with this age-old problem.[2]… Read the full article

23.01.2019

In a previous article,[1] we attempted to outline the characteristics and personality of those who commit acts of pedophilia, both in general and specifically within the Catholic clergy. We noted the complexity of this situation and the difficulty of reaching firm conclusions, particularly regarding prognosis and therapy. This difficulty, in turn, sheds new light on… Read the full article

23.01.2019

A significant feature of contemporary culture is the wealth of opportunity available to us, not least due to the increasing speed and power of technology. A term often used in this sphere is multitasking, which symbolically expresses both a mentality and an ideal: the possibility of carrying out concurrently an ever greater number of tasks,… Read the full article

02.08.2018

When asked about the criterion for recognizing the greatness of a philosopher, Hegel suggested we let two centuries pass and then consider what remains of their achievement. This adage can appropriately be applied to Karl Marx, one of Hegel’s best-known scholars. On the bicentennial of his birth, Marx continues to be talked about; although in… Read the full article

13.07.2018

Some points of reference A non-profit telephone helpline set up in Italy in 1987 to guarantee the rights of children, Telefono Azzurro, recorded 270 cases of bullying and cyberbullying in the course of nine months (September 2015 to June 2016), practically one call a day leading to 619 consultations. The victims of physical bullying are… Read the full article

15.03.2018

Counseling the doubtful is a spiritual work of mercy widely attested to since the origin of Christianity. It shows the intellectual and wisdom dimension of the discipleship of Jesus and of the works of charity. It is not a technique that is learned, a sort of persuasive ability, but it is tied essentially to knowledge… Read the full article

14.12.2017

An emblematic term for our era Doubt can be considered a watchword for people today. It is the premise for the construction of any solid, critical and complete thought based on reason alone without any recourse to authority or tradition that would penalize liberty or autonomy. The key philosopher of doubt is of course Descartes…. Read the full article

15.09.2017
 
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