Issue 1806

Published Date : 2021-12-28
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Against the Spirit of Fierceness

By: Diego Fares SJ

The “spirit of fierceness” pervades human history. Its form may change but it is always the same dynamic: one of opposition against “the other.” We see it first in the anger of Cain, when it drove him to kill his brother. And it continues to be unleashed in the fury of the dragon who, unable to kill the woman, a symbol of the Church, turns its anger against the “rest of her children” (cf. Gen 4:6; Rev 12:17). New forms...

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Techno-Theological Narratives

By: Juan Carlos Henriquez Mendoza, SJ

And belief goes. Always. As if the experience that gave rise to that belief were to perceive the need to flee the limited body of the person who sensed it, and its only strategy were to transform into a symbol. That is where belief goes as it circulates around and around in society. Usually, we forget that behind each symbol in circulation there is an experience that can be “symbolized” and that tries to recreate itself by putting into circulation...

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Toward an Economy of Reconciliation: An alternative to liberalism and nationalism

By: Matthew Carnes, SJ

From the liberal economic model to the proposal of a global economy Solidarity and shared purpose – both within and across nations – seem to be in short supply in the current world economy. Nevertheless, the current state of affairs may offer an important opportunity for thinking in creative new ways about what an economy based on solidarity and reconciliation might entail. The year 2016 saw an unprecedented swing in views of worldwide economic relations; at no time in the...

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Some Aspects of Christian Salvation: Reflections on the Letter ‘Placuit Deo’

By: José Luis Narvaja, SJ

On February 22, 2018, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Luis Ladaria, published the letter Placuit Deo (PD) on some aspects of Christian salvation. It is addressed to the bishops of the Catholic Church.[1] This letter was made all the more important by the subsequent publication on April 9, 2018, of the third apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis, titled Gaudete et Exsultate (GE), on the theme of “holiness in the world today.” In the...

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Putin and the Beginnings of the Ukrainian Crisis

By: Giovanni Sale, SJ

Vladimir Putin: between nationalism and an economic crisis Following Russia’s Syrian campaign in support of the government in Damascus and after the Sochi summit on November 22, 2017, that was defined by some as the “Middle Eastern Yalta,”[1] Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen as one of the most important and influential world leaders, on whom depends much of the future of the Middle East. At home, Putin has continued to maintain a high satisfaction rating in public opinion polls,...

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After the Candlelight Revolution in South Korea

By: Seil Oh, SJ

The Republic of Korea (South Korea) experienced a drastic change in the course of and after the Candlelight Revolution of 2017. Koreans, like many peoples in the world, have suffered tremendously from a brutal war and the division of the country. They have held demonstrations in recent years to stop a corrupt government and reestablish the nation by lighting candles as a sign of hope and nonviolence. The South Korean National Assembly removed President Park Geun-hye from power, bringing an...

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