Issue 1701

Silence: Interview with Martin Scorsese

It was March 3 when I rang the doorbell at the Scorsese home in New York. It was a cold day but bright. It was 1 p.m. I was welcomed into the kitchen, like in a family. I was asked if I wanted a good cup of coffee. "Italiano," is added. I accept. I was cold. I arrived at the Scorsese home a bit early and had preferred to wait circling the block. The idea of a warm cup of coffee – and Italian – appealed to me. To welcome me in the living room is Martin's wife, Helen. I...

By: Antonio Spadaro, SJ

The Quality of Mercy in Shakespeare

Upon inaugurating the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis quoted The Merchant of Venice, by Shakespeare. During the dramatic court scene, the heroine, Portia, defended the merchant Antonio against Shylock’s legalistic fury, saying the “quality of mercy is not strained; it droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath.” This appeal to mercy is also found in Measure for Measure, in the words spoken by another heroine, Isabella, who intercedes for the life of the evildoer Claudio, her brother, in front of the precise judge, Angelo, who insists on legal justice. Even in the tragedy of King Lear,...

By: Peter Milward, SJ

Emotion and Reason: A Potential Dialogue

The relationship between reason and emotion is not an easy one, but it cannot be conceived of in terms of an antithetical opposition, or of an elimination of one of the two polarities. When we put this into perspective, to be impoverished is precisely the power that we would want to guarantee. The close relationship between reason and emotion can be detected in the cognitive character of the emotions, by the ability of the mind to dominate emotions, by the complexity of the human body, recognized in particular by contemporary phenomenology, and by excellence in art, which knows how to...

By: Giovanni Cucci, SJ

Dom Hélder Câmara: A Sign of Contradiction

The process of Dom Hélder Câmara’s beatification, who was archbishop of Recife and one of the most famous ecclesial figures of the last century, has recently commenced. This article traces his life, which lasted for most of the century, and details his accompaniment as protagonist of all the historical and ecclesial events which took place in Brazil. The article avoids dwelling exclusively on the years of the dictatorship, which made him particularly famous abroad. Dom Hélder Câmara was a great pastor, icon of the fight for the defense of human rights, and in particular for the defense of the excluded...

By: GianPaolo Salvini, SJ

Inculturation in Asia and Reform of the Church

Inculturation and Reform Our reflection outlines how evanglization connects inculturation to reform of the Church and focuses on the Church in Asia. In the name of aggiornamento, critical areas are identified for inculturation in relation to religious dynamics in Asia. The proclamation of God’s historical revelation in Jesus Christ, its reception in faith and its growth in the ecclesial and personal lives of Christians takes place in a specific context. According to the words of St John Paul II, “evangelization and inculturation are naturally and intimately related to each other.”[1] Inculturation then engages the nature, reality and mission of the...

By: Jose Mario C Francisco, SJ

My Father was a Stranger: Biblical Teaching on Migrants

The sage Qoheleth said: “There is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said ‘See; this is new?’ It has already been; in the ages before us” (Ecc1. 1:9-10). It is inevitable; however; that we all forget the events of the distant past, and then we find ourselves in situations which appear unusual; exceptional; and without parallel; their presumed abnormality becomes a source of anxiety. Among such surprising and unnerving events, we can include that of the waves of migration from Africa; the Near East; and Eastern Europe in recent years, which flow like...

By: Pietro Bovati, SJ

Take the Gospel with Tranquilizers: A Conversation with the Superiors General

“The Pope is late,” they tell me at the entrance to the Vatican’s Paul VI Audience Hall on November 26, 2016. Inside, in the place where Synods are held, 140 Superiors General of the Male Religious Orders and Congregations (USG) are waiting. They are gathered at the end of their 88th General Assembly. Outside a little light rain. “The Fruitfulness of the Prophetic in Religious Life” is the theme of the Assembly that had met November 23-25 at Rome’s Salesianum. It is not often that the Pope is late. At 10:15 the photographers arrive and then quickly and decisively the...

By: Pope Francis
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