Issue 1806

Against the Spirit of Fierceness

The “spirit of fierceness” pervades human history. Its form may change but it is always the same dynamic: one of opposition against “the other.” We see it first in the anger of Cain, when it drove him to kill his brother. And it continues to be unleashed in the fury of the dragon who, unable to kill the woman, a symbol of the Church, turns its anger against the “rest of her children” (cf. Gen 4:6; Rev 12:17). New forms of this spirit today include “bullying” and “media persecution.” In a recent homily at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis reflected...

By: Diego Fares SJ

Collaborators of the Apostles and the Reform of the Roman Curia

Do we have data about the collaborators of Peter that would support an analogy between them and the Roman Curia? Do the letters of Paul testify to a variety of “co-workers” who might provide a vision illuminating the Curia and its reform? Where might we find some precedents, or at least some ancient analogy that could provide a vision for illuminating theologically a reform of the Roman Curia that would go beyond mere legal changes and a bureaucratic restructuring?[1] Apostolic leaders and their collaborators The letters of St. Paul, the Acts of the Apostles, and further New Testament sources report...

By: Gerald O'Collins, SJ

After the Candlelight Revolution in South Korea

The Republic of Korea (South Korea) experienced a drastic change in the course of and after the Candlelight Revolution of 2017. Koreans, like many peoples in the world, have suffered tremendously from a brutal war and the division of the country. They have held demonstrations in recent years to stop a corrupt government and reestablish the nation by lighting candles as a sign of hope and nonviolence. The South Korean National Assembly removed President Park Geun-hye from power, bringing an end to what has been rightly called the Candlelight Revolution. It had begun quietly on October 29, 2016. For six...

By: Seil Oh, SJ

Putin and the Beginnings of the Ukrainian Crisis

Vladimir Putin: between nationalism and an economic crisis Following Russia’s Syrian campaign in support of the government in Damascus and after the Sochi summit on November 22, 2017, that was defined by some as the “Middle Eastern Yalta,”[1] Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen as one of the most important and influential world leaders, on whom depends much of the future of the Middle East. At home, Putin has continued to maintain a high satisfaction rating in public opinion polls, having reached the maximum consensus following the occupation of Crimea. In fact, according to a 2016 survey conducted by the...

By: Giovanni Sale, SJ

Some Aspects of Christian Salvation: Reflections on the Letter ‘Placuit Deo’

On February 22, 2018, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Luis Ladaria, published the letter Placuit Deo (PD) on some aspects of Christian salvation. It is addressed to the bishops of the Catholic Church.[1] This letter was made all the more important by the subsequent publication on April 9, 2018, of the third apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis, titled Gaudete et Exsultate (GE), on the theme of “holiness in the world today.” In the second chapter of the exhortation, he treats two dangerous ideologies: Gnosticism and Pelagianism (Nos. 35-62). The letter, which we will...

By: José Luis Narvaja, SJ

Toward an Economy of Reconciliation: An alternative to liberalism and nationalism

From the liberal economic model to the proposal of a global economy Solidarity and shared purpose – both within and across nations – seem to be in short supply in the current world economy. Nevertheless, the current state of affairs may offer an important opportunity for thinking in creative new ways about what an economy based on solidarity and reconciliation might entail. The year 2016 saw an unprecedented swing in views of worldwide economic relations; at no time in the last 70 years has the basic orientation of the economy been more widely questioned. With the vote of the United...

By: Matthew Carnes, SJ

Techno-Theological Narratives

And belief goes. Always. As if the experience that gave rise to that belief were to perceive the need to flee the limited body of the person who sensed it, and its only strategy were to transform into a symbol. That is where belief goes as it circulates around and around in society. Usually, we forget that behind each symbol in circulation there is an experience that can be “symbolized” and that tries to recreate itself by putting into circulation the symbolic form that represents it. We can say that the construction, the consumption, the reconstruction and the putting back...

By: Juan Carlos Henriquez Mendoza, SJ

Laudato Si’ and Ethical Business Management in Africa

Introduction The last two decades have seen the emergence of new nongovernmental transnational entities that substantially influence the life of African nations. For this reason, the current president of the African Union (AU), Alpha Condé, strongly affirmed that Africa’s problems are primarily due to external influences.[1] The impact that companies have on the environment falls within the field of corporate social responsibility (CSR), understood and experienced as all that they do, beyond what is strictly legal, for the good of the various parties involved. If CSR is applied on a voluntary basis, is it possible to leave the destiny of...

By: Francois Pazisnewende Kabore, SJ
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