TEMPERANCE: THE DIFFICULT ART OF LOVING

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From Paul VI to Francis: Politics, Justice and Discernment 1971-2021

By: Ildefonso Camacho, SJ

Two social documents of the Church turned 50 in 2021: Paul VI’s apostolic letter Octogesima Adveniens (OA) and the document Justice in the World (JW) from the World Synod of Bishops.[1] While both deserve to be remembered for their intrinsic value, we do so especially in relation to Pope Francis and his notable theological-moral contributions. The context in 1971 Vatican Council II had recently concluded. Paul VI had taken up his mission as pope with a commitment to put into...

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Belarus and the European Union

By: Vladimir Pachkov, SJ

Crisis at the border More and more often, decisions taken by the government of one country or the outcome of its political elections have consequences not only for the citizens of that country, but also for the lives of people living in other nations. An example of this is the crisis that has erupted between Belarus and the European Union. The presidential elections in 2020 were contested in unfair circumstances  by the Belarusian opposition, and the European Union also expressed...

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Temperance: The difficult art of loving

By: Giovanni Cucci, SJ

Historical perspective Temperance is the fourth of the cardinal virtues. It is listed last not because it is least important, but because it touches the intimate dimension of the human being, unlike the other virtues, which concern the common good. Precisely for this reason it is indispensable for virtuous action, which has as its condition the integrity of the person: “Prudence looks at the concrete reality of all beings; justice regulates relations with others; with fortitude the human person, forgetting...

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‘The Land of the Living’: Engaging with Creation

By: Jean-Pierre Sonnet, SJ

Abraham planted a tamarisk in Beer–sheba, and there he called on the name of the Lord, the Eternal God (Gen 21:33) Where will we find the resources for our commitment to the created world? How will we sustain our action for the benefit of the earth and the living things that inhabit it? Ecological mobilization, as we know, has placed the emphasis primarily on motives of fear and guilt, in other words, on reactive feelings.[1] If fear plays an indispensable...

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Notes for an ‘Incomplete Thought’

By: Diego Fares SJ

The highest form of thought is one that grows in openness and, in this sense, is unfinished or incomplete. Pope Francis said this in his interview with La Civiltà Cattolica: “The style of the Society is not shaped by discussion, but by discernment, which, of course, presupposes discussion as part of the process. The mystical dimension of discernment never defines its edges and does not complete the thought. The Jesuit must be a person whose thought is incomplete, in the...

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The Italian Parliamentary Debate on ‘Assisted Suicide’

By: Carlo Casalone, SJ

It seems paradoxical that at a time of pandemic, when the collective commitment is largely aimed at protecting the health of citizens, there are discussions about making it legal to help people take their own lives. This paradox highlights an issue  gripping the medical world.[1] If the biomedical enterprise has the task of dominating biological processes and responding to the desire of health for everyone, then it seems plausible to ask it – when it fails in its objective and...

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