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THE SIMPLE AND TRUTHFUL LANGUAGE OF JESUS
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Published Date : 2018-01-15
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The Spiritual Wounds of Sexual Abuse


By: Hans Zollner SJ

In a meeting with Pope Francis, a victim of sexual abuse said with profound sadness and desperation: “Jesus had his mother nearby when he faced suffering and death. But my mother, the Church, left me all alone in my time of pain.” These few words express the horror of abuse, especially the sexual abuse of minors in the Church. They show how much the Church’s attitude and that of her leaders needs to change. An especially poignant, religious-spiritual factor comes...


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The Simple and Truthful Language of Jesus: Aids for discerning deceptive speech


By: DiegoFares

“When Jesus spoke, he used simple words and he also used images that were examples taken from daily life in order to be easily understood by all. This is why they listened to him willingly and appreciated his message that directly touched their heart. It was not a complicated language that was difficult to understand, like that used by the doctors of the law of that time, which was not easily understood, was very rigid and distanced people. With this...


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Politics and Neighbors: Where integration takes root


By: Francesco Occhetta, SJ

In 1958 Eleanor Roosevelt wrote: “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home … the neighborhood the person lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere.”[1] Ten years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Roosevelt...


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‘Magnum Principium’ and the Inculturation of the Liturgy after the Council


By: Cesare Giraudo, SJ

God and the assembly: the surprise of speaking the same language The Second Vatican Council’s Constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium proclaimed a “great principle” in article 36, recognizing the right of each liturgical assembly to pray to God in its own language. Historians remind us that the problem of liturgical language had already been faced and successfully resolved in the middle of the ninth century thanks to Saints Cyril and Methodius. Responding to those who limited to only three the languages “in...


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North Korea and the Nuclear Crisis


By: Giovanni Sale, SJ

For months now, global public opinion has been living in fear of a possible nuclear war; a fear at times irresponsibly amplified by both the media and the continuous threats of war and mutual insults launched by the two protagonists of the moment, the president of the United States, Donald Trump, and the supreme leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un. There are no precedents in recent history for such exchanges, or rather ad hominem insults. In the years of the...


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What Becomes of Religion in a Post-Apocalyptic World?


By: Marc Rastoin, SJ

In recent decades, there has been a literary genre that has developed exponentially: the post-apocalyptic genre. These are works of a cultural nature, particularly films and novels, that describe the human condition following a major catastrophe, which, regardless of the reasons that caused it (wars, deadly viruses, climate change, extraterrestrial invasion and so on), has destroyed civilization as we know it and has left a small group of survivors who are in search of a way to salvation. Although there...


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Toward a Fully Chinese and Fully Catholic Church: The path indicated by Benedict XVI and Francis


By: Federico Lombardi, SJ

The Chinese people and its great country occupy an important place in the heart of Pope Francis, whose vision is open to the world. He has in fact spoken about China many times in tones of cordial admiration and real trust. It is enough to remember his words when flying over China while going to and from Korea,[1] and above all in the interview he granted to Francesco Sisci of the Asia Times.[2] There is no doubt that he would...


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The Bible: A Library Written by Migrants


By: Dominik Markl, SJ

We have all seen too many migrants being pulled out of the sea: men, women and children who have drowned during their journeys. Many schools now have refugees in the classrooms: children and young people who by the grace of God have survived the crossing. And in many European countries there are now many who are born with migrant backgrounds. These are sufficient reasons to reflect on flight and migration. A look at the history of humanity shows to what...


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