Published Date : 2023-08-16
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‘None is the Number’: Antonio Monda’s spiritual noir

By: Antonio Spadaro, SJ

In the game of roulette, numbers are everything.[1] This game of chance finds its clear and distinct resolution when the wheel slows its spinning and stops. That is when the suspense melts away and the result comes in. The croupier’s focus is all on the resting point of the  the ball. It is that suspense that makes you hold your breath. The number which comes up is everything. The number changes destinies. But possibly not. Quoting a line from Bob...

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Recent Papal Legal Thought: The Doctrinal/Pastoral Axis

By: James Campbell, SJ

Introduction There is a relative absence of research into papal thought about legal matters, and it can be observed that much of the recent and contemporary debates in the Western Latin Church and in other Churches and Christian communities revolve around what is meant by “doctrinal” and “pastoral” as regards the adherence to canon law and in general to Christian teaching and practice. This paper argues that the doctrinal/pastoral axis provides a foundational means to locate and therefore to understand...

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St. Ignatius’ Synodality and the Spiritual Exercises

By: Paul Rolphy Pinto, SJ

Introduction The term “synodality” does not appear in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. However, a closer look at the method and dynamics of the Exercises reveals some key aspects of a spirituality that sustains synodality. The Synod on Synodality initiated by Pope Francis has prompted a re-reading and revisiting of the fundamental Christian sources, revealing several insights that contribute to the emergence of a spirituality oriented in this direction. In this article we will look with fresh...

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Deconstructing Vermeer

By: Lucian Lechintan, SJ

Widely acknowledged as “the retrospective of the century,” the Vermeer exhibition at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, from February 10 to June 4, 2023, gave an insight into how strong an artist’s impact on our society can still be. In the Netherlands, Vermeer is a painter who can attract masses on a par with Leonardo in Italy. The media coverage of the event meant that the public response – more than 650,000 visitors[1] – exceeded the ability of this public museum...

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Communication and Religion

By: Paul A. Soukup, SJ

Over the last 40 years, communication research has paid increasing attention to religion. Early research in this area – in the 1980s in the United States – focused on the then new phenomenon of the “electronic church” (or television evangelism) as more and more preachers, mostly evangelical, took to the increasingly available cable television channels to provide religious services. In fact, Churches and other religious groups had employed broadcasting from early on: in the 1930s the BBC and other national...

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The Spiritual Dimension of Work

By: Étienne Perrot, SJ

A previous article dealt with the anthropology of contemporary work.[1] Now let us come back to the considerations of a think-tank on the human dimension of work, which examined the embedding of work in its economic, ecological and social context. Work is intended to care for nature and society, but this care must also apply to the worker.[2] Work is sometimes constraining, as the previous article reminded us, by referring alongside its excesses, to the positive role of compliance (conformity...

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