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Published Date : 2022-12-19
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Abuse in the Name of God?

By: José Manuel Martins Lopes, SJ

This article reflects on abuse as a distortion of the exercise of authority and the way of living out obedience, a virtue that unites all Christians and identifies them with Christ, who was himself obedient to the Father even to death on the cross.[1] A fortiori, identification with Christ in obedience is experienced by consecrated persons when, by virtue of the vow, they commit themselves to obey their legitimate superiors. Similarly, the same is experienced by deacons and diocesan priests...

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Networks and Networking as Tools, Practices and Expressions of Synodality

By: Roberto Jaramillo Bernal, SJ

In his pastoral practice and speeches, Pope Francis has insisted on an element that appears fundamental in his evangelical call addressed to the Church, viz., synodality. It cannot be said to be a perfectly understandable and univocal term, which makes the task of the present article more difficult, but nevertheless interesting. The synthesis document of the First Session of the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod – which met in Rome October 4-29, 2023[1] – refers to this concept frequently....

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‘Trust in the Lord and his Mercy’

By: Nuno da Silva Gonçalves, SJ

The Declaration Fiducia Supplicans on the pastoral meaning of blessings was published with the approval of Pope Francis by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith on December 18, 2023. The document, by opening up the possibility of blessing same-sex couples, has provoked various reactions and interpretations. We will first try to present the content of the Declaration, which, in the meantime, has been the subject of a special press release from the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the...

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The Religious Dimension of Russia’s ‘Turn to the East’

By: Vladimir Pachkov, SJ

In one of his online programs, Professor Zhang Weiwei (张维为), who teaches international relations at Fudan University, said that Japan broke away from Asia to join the Western world, while we now see Russia breaking away from the West to join Asia.[1] As a Chinese, in this way he probably wants to indicate above all that relations between Russia and China are becoming closer. Indeed, China has become Russia’s main trading partner. However, despite their strategic partnership, Russia and China...

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Toward an Outward-Looking Moral Theology

By: Julio L. Martínez, SJ

Experience teaches us that “knots” are useful in life. Good knots are those that can be untied, so as not to become a problem. These pages will address some knots that we must untie if we want moral theology to work with the Church so that it will bear fruit in charity for the life of the world and renew itself, as Pope Francis asks, by following the paths set out by the Second Vatican Council.[1] These are knots that...

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Artificial Intelligences and Embodied Intelligences: What Frontier?

By: Nuno da Silva Gonçalves, SJ

Fr. Paolo Benanti is a Third Order Regular Franciscan and professor of Moral Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University. In his research, teaching and outreach activities, he deals with ethics, specifically bioethics and ethics of technologies. In particular, as he writes on his personal website, his studies “focus on the management of innovation: the Internet and the impact of the Digital Age, biotechnologies regarding human enhancement and biosafety, neuroscience and neurotechnology.”[1] Endowed with great communication and teaching skills, Fr. Benanti...

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