Issue 1805

Published Date : 2021-12-28
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Christian Identity in a Globalized and Pluralist World

By: Joseph Joblin, SJ

Today there are many who question the role of the Church: for some it belongs to the past and can only hinder the development of civilization; according to others its influence drives the moral forces that ensure the orientation of progress; still others uphold it as the key to justice and peace in a world dominated by globalization. Such a position actually concerns all religious forces and cultural traditions because each one has woven links with the conceptions that are...

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The Church Says ‘No’ to Nuclear Weapons: Pastoral and moral implications

By: Drew Christiansen SJ

The teaching of the Church has evolved from a conditioned acceptance of nuclear deterrence in the 1980s, to rejection of deterrence as an unacceptable moral rationalization for nuclear armament in the 2000s, to strong support for nuclear disarmament in recent years, leading to approval for the Ban Treaty in September 2017. Catholics have the right to ask, “Which position should I take?” I would be less than candid if I did not report a degree of consternation among those serious...

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‘I am a Mission’: Toward the Synod on Young People

By: Diego Fares SJ

The main theme of the next Synod, on young people, is vocational discernment. On hearing the word “vocation,” the first thing that comes to mind is the vocation to the consecrated life. However, the call of God is broader; it is not limited to “perfect” forms of life. It is also the humble and continuous universal “vocation to the joy of love”[1] that the Father addresses to everyone whenever he invites us to work in his vineyard.[2] The Lord calls...

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