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Published Date : 2022-02-04
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Zygmunt Bauman: The Sociologist who Scrutinized the Times

By: Francesco Occhetta, SJ

On January 9, 2017, Zygmunt Bauman passed away. He was a Polish sociologist of British citizenship and was one of the best-known interpreters of postmodernism. The news was given by the Polish daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza. Bauman was 91 years old and had lived a life “sated of days,” as Scripture says, not only for their quantity, but for the depth at which they were lived. With his death, the curtain goes down on one of the leading intellectuals of...

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Protecting Children in the Church

By: Hans Zollner SJ

The issue of sexual abuse of minors committed by clergy is constantly returning to the forefront of media attention. Recently, through various news outlets and publications, this focus has been particularly sustained in Italy, France and Argentina. There is no doubt that the protection of children and youth against sexual violence remains a central problem in the Church, and in society. Catholics who closely identify with the Church and its mission remain deeply disturbed by this. This concern was expressed...

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Women and the Diaconate

By: Giancarlo Pani SJ

On May 12, 2016, at a meeting of the International Union of the Superiors General of Women’s Religious Orders, one sister asked Pope Francis why women were excluded from decision-making processes in the Church and from preaching at Eucharistic celebrations. In asking, she cited his words, “the feminine genius is needed in all expressions of the life of the Church and Society.”[1] In reply, Francis mentioned the presence of women deacons in the ancient Church: “it seems that the role...

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The Figure of the Bishop According to Pope Francis

By: Diego Fares SJ

In his opening address to the 68th General Assembly of the Italian Episcopal Conference in May 2015, Pope Francis asked the bishops not to be “pilots” but real “pastors.”1 On many occasions the pontiff has appealed to bishops to be “bishops who are pastors, not princes,” making references to images he had already used when he governed his previous diocese. In 2006, while giving a retreat for the bishops of Spain, in his introductory meditation on the Magnificat, he spoke...

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The Border as a Bridge: Migration in Latin America and the Caribbean

By: Mauricio Garcian Duran, SJ

The issue of migration has been emerging strongly in the last few years as a critical reality in the entire world; it is bringing up major challenges for national governments, for societies and their organizations, and for international institutions.1 The dynamics of globalization have created a paradoxical situation. While seeing a remarkable opening of national borders for the transit of goods and resources protected by economic agreements and free-trade treaties, we are also witnessing a rigid closure in regards to...

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Venezuela: The Misery of King Midas

By: Arturo Peraza SJ

How does an oil-rich nation like Venezuela, enjoying one of the most advantageous geographical locations in continental America and having achieved a high level of development in the second half of the twentieth century, turn into a society on its knees, begging for humanitarian aid, medicine, and food? How is it possible for one of the first representative democracies in Latin America to become so bitterly divided? The fate of Venezuela brings to mind the myth of King Midas: a...

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