Published Date : 2023-10-13
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Synod 2021-24: Advancing Vatican II

By: Giacomo Costa, SJ

In a famous speech delivered on December 4, 1962, Cardinal Léon-Joseph Suenens asked, “How do you see yourself?” He was suggesting that the Second Vatican Council address this question to the Church and then frame an answer.[1] The context was the discussion of the schema De Ecclesia, which would give rise to the dogmatic constitution Lumen Gentium (LG).[2] It is a question that cannot be answered once and for all. At the beginning of the third millennium, Synod 2021-24 is...

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Is India Already a Superpower?

By: Fernando de la Iglesia Viguiristi SJ

The emergence of China as an economic power in recent decades has changed our world. Meanwhile, India remained stranded with the status of a poor neighbor. But now, after Beijing’s ironclad anti-pandemic policy, and as it clashes with Washington on trade and technology, not a few multinationals are considering India as a worthwhile base for operations. Thanks to this, the Indian economy, despite prolonged and enormous problems of poverty and infrastructure, is looking to rival its neighboring superpower. Statistics that...

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Spreading a Message of Hope

By: Nuno da Silva Gonçalves, SJ

As I assume the office of editor of La Civiltà Cattolica, well aware of the responsibility entrusted to me, I turn first of all to our subscribers and readers, thanking them in anticipation for their trust and support. The College of Writers has an irreplaceable role in guiding the magazine, and they are joined by the authors, the administrative staff and the editor in being of service to our subscribers and readers, who are at the heart of our daily...

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Does Meritocratic Confucianism Have A Future?

By: Benoit Vermander, SJ

Promoted by some Chinese intellectuals, “meritocratic Confucianism” presents itself as a third way between Western liberalism and the Leninist model. It advocates that in the interest of all, power should be wielded by a superior educated elite that is open to the most universal good. As attractive as this idea is, it ignores both the lessons of history and the voices emanating from individual consciences. As described by its proponents, the Chinese system is a meritocracy whose “scientific” functioning highlights...

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A Brief Pastoral Approach to the Book of Job

By: Alberto Cano Arenas, SJ

The Book of Job and pastoral ministry Although there is a widespread belief that the Book of Job presents a religious hero who possesses the virtue of patience in the highest degree, or who faces pain without questioning God’s justice, that is not the author’s intention. On the contrary, this Old Testament text is not primarily intended as words of comfort, nor does it bring definitive answers to the profound questions concerning the reality of suffering that have constantly challenged...

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The Symbolic Universe of Cormac McCarthy

By: Antonio Spadaro, SJ

Cormac McCarthy died of “natural causes” on June 13, 2023, at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, as he was about to turn 90.[1] The last literary endeavor on which he had worked at length – the diptych formed by the novels The Passenger and Stella Maris (2022) – thus takes on the dual value of literary epitome and spiritual testament. This work, of great structural and philosophical complexity, has bewildered readers who have approached it in the context...

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