Issue 2101

The Economics of Covid-19: From globalization to localization

What to do after Covid-19? “After Covid-19 it will all be different.” We often hear these words. However, people have different opinions about how it will be different, just as people evaluate differently how things were before. How will we act after Covid-19? The answer depends on our views about the pandemic. One can view the Covid-19 crisis simply as the consequence of a viral infectious disease. In this case, the countermeasures for “after” would be: better prevention of infection, more effective hygiene policies, preventive measures against epidemics, the development of vaccines and related medicine, the revival of economies battered...

By: Cho Hyun-Chul

Mission of the Church and Proper Economic Administration

Once again, in light of some widely reported decisions taken by the Holy Father, many people are questioning and discussing the economic resources available to Vatican institutions and their proper administration in the service of the Church’s mission.[1] This article intends to place recent events in a wider context, so that the Holy Father’s guidance and decisions may be better understood. The Lateran Treaty and the new Vatican City State The historical context will be useful. Without going back to the former Papal States and the consequences of the breach of Porta Pia, it must be acknowledged that in terms...

By: Federico Lombardi, SJ

Progress and Collapse

Among the Enlightenment’s legacy there is an idea that spanned the centuries and penetrated deeply into the mentality of people in the West. It is the idea of progress, the idea of moving toward our cultural, moral and material best, especially thanks to the successes of science and technology. This idea shaped much of modern European history; it nourished hope and political ideologies; it spread trust in the future.[1] Then came the 20th century and that “magnificent fate and progress” was destabilized by two world wars, the absolute evil of the concentration camps, the Cold War, and the third technological...

By: Giandomenico Mucci, SJ

Desacralized Myths: Crisis of narrative and narrative of crisis

The discomfort of fragmentation A peculiar characteristic of today’s so-called “Postmodern” era is the absence of global narratives. This is the basic hypothesis of the famous book by Jean-François Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge, published in 1979. Lyotard pointed out that, from a cultural point of view, the so-called “Modern” era, characterized by comprehensive narratives and great utopian projects (the last ones were Rationalism, the Enlightenment, Marxism), capable of providing unity and historical identity to a variety of  social groups, has come to an end.[1] Next came the era of liquidity, well noted by Zygmunt Bauman: “The...

By: Giovanni Cucci, SJ

The Economy of Francesco and Young People

Pope Francis invited young economists from around the world to meet and reflect on how to “change the current economy and give a soul to the economy of tomorrow.” He invited to participate in this broad, shared discernment, all those who today are beginning to study and practice an economics that is different from the one he rejected in the first chapter of his encyclical, Fratelli Tutti. What is needed, he says, is “an economy that gives life and does not kill, includes and does not exclude, humanizes and does not dehumanize, takes care of creation and does not plunder...

By: Gaël Giraud, SJ

Juan Carlos Scannone and the Theology of the People

Juan Carlos Scannone, an Argentine Jesuit born in 1931 and who died in November 2019, was a one of the great figures of the Church in Argentina and Latin America. He was also very aware of the problems of the universal Church. He obtained a doctorate in theology with a thesis written in Innsbruck, directed by Karl Rahner, and one in philosophy with a dissertation on Maurice Blondel, presented in Munich. He was a keen reader of the French phenomenologists and a member of many ecclesial institutions where reflection focused on the reality of the life of the Church and...

By: Paul Gilbert, SJ

The Spirituality of Dying

“For we are as tree trunks in the snow. In appearance they lie smoothly and a little push should be enough to set them rolling. No, that’s not the case, for they are firmly wedded to the ground. But see, even that is only seemingly the case.”[1] This is from a story by Kafka that emphasizes the fragility of life. Simone de Beauvoir said that death puts the world in question. Today, according to some, talk about death has been progressively marginalized since the end of metaphysics.[2] In fact, “liquid persons,” as theorized by Bauman, live everything in the succession...

By: Giandomenico Mucci, SJ

God is to be Found in All Things

Active life and contemplative life We must all seek God in everything, but each person must do so according to his or her own vocation. According to the Second Vatican Council, there are only two types of religious vocation and they are characterized by the Institutes in which they are incarnated. The same thing can be said both for vocations “in the evangelical counsels” and also the lay vocation. Some Institutes are “devoted entirely to contemplation, in such a way that their members relate solely with God in solitude and silence.”[1] In other Institutes “apostolic action [...] takes place within...

By: Miguel Ángel Fiorito, SJ
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