Issue 1911

Chernobyl: The Cost of Lies

Chernobyl is a television mini-series co-produced by HBO and Sky about the very serious nuclear accident at the V.I. Lenin Nuclear Power Plant, located 18 kilometers northeast of the city of Chernobyl and 16 kilometers from the border between Ukraine and Belarus. The man-made disaster, among the worst in history, rated a level 7 (out of 7) on the International Nuclear Events Scale[1] (INES). It occurred at 01.23:40 on April 26, 1986. Eighteen seconds earlier, a computerized control system called “Skala” had recorded the start of a reactor Scram (emergency stop), which unintentionally triggered the explosion. The Scram started when...

By: Diego Fares SJ

The Renewal of the John Paul II Theological Institute

The impulse toward renewal that Pope Francis is impressing on the life of believers concerns all the dimensions of the ecclesial community and reaches the various areas of the life of the Church. While the importance that the pope attaches to theology is often underestimated, in reality he cares very much about a serious and rigorous understanding of the experience of faith. Francis has repeatedly stressed the need for theological reflection that develops organically, including on the academic level and in institutionally structured forms. [restrict userlevel="subscriber,author,nov2019guest"] Indications of Francis regarding theological reflection The pope has revealed on many occasions the...

By: Carlo Casalone, SJ

Fears and Shadows in Troubling Times

When solid foundations and ideal ends are lacking, when religious values are confused with the tranquillizers of life and the sublimation of desires, when the fragmentation of knowledge without a higher Bildung leads to disorientation in people and society that jeopardizes the very possibility of establishing the most basic criteria of the good and the just, humanity feels “lost” and prey to “an indefinite anxiety over the immediate tomorrow.”[1] The widespread uncertainty over social and political, domestic and international issues contributes to the experience of precariousness and impotence. [restrict userlevel="subscriber,author,nov2019guest"] Roughly speaking, this is the ground on which so-called “apocalyptic...

By: Giandomenico Mucci, SJ

Governing in a Disordered Age

The Liberal World Order (LWO) established after World War II is eroding rapidly. The world, especially the Western world, is experiencing a breakdown of responsible governance. Governments withdraw from treaties and agreements; formerly strong governments like Germany’s Grand Coalition are put in question; alliances fray, and international organizations and programs lack funding and the consensus needed for effective action. Britain’s political institutions are fracturing under the weight of the U.K.’s withdrawal from the European Union, leading to fears of a hard Brexit. Populist nationalists are building networks to contest the European Union, possibly the LWO’s most important achievement. Under the...

By: Drew Christiansen SJ

In Memory of Fr. Virgilio Fantuzzi, SJ (1937-2019)

Virgilio Fantuzzi, SJ died September 24, 2019, around dawn, in the infirmary of the International Jesuit Houses in Rome, which is located at the “San Pietro Canisio” Residence. His last few weeks had been painful, but lived with a sincere willingness to accept God’s will. Fantuzzi was born on February 15, 1937, in Mantua. Aged 17, he entered the novitiate of the Roman Province of the Society of Jesus, in Fiesole. During his formation, he spent some time teaching – doing the so-called “magisterium” – at the College of Livorno and at the Massimo Institute in Rome, demonstrating his interest...

By: La Civiltà Cattolica

Jesus and the Pharisees: Beyond stereotypes

To mark the 110th anniversary of the foundation of the Pontifical Biblical Institute (May 7, 1909) the international conference Jesus and the Pharisees: An Interdisciplinary Reappraisal took place in the Aula Magna of the Pontifical Gregorian University, May 7-9, 2019. The event was organized in collaboration with the Cardinal Bea Center for Jewish Studies at the Gregorian, and was supported by the American Jewish Committee, the Italian Episcopal Conference, Verbum Catholic Study Software and the Gregorian University Foundation. It featured speakers from all over the world, including Jewish, Protestant, Catholic and other scholars. The primary aim of the symposium was...

By: Pino di Luccio, SJ

The Agreement between the Holy See and China: Whence and whither?

Just over a year ago, on September 22, 2018, an Agreement was signed between the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Despite its temporary nature, its importance is such that it has attracted much comment, and it has already become the focus of in-depth study. One recent publication edited by two sinologists at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Agostino Giovagnoli and Elisa Giunipero, offers useful guidance to understand not only the history and nature of the agreement, but also the conditions for it to produce its fruits for the life for the Catholic Church...

By: Federico Lombardi, SJ

Four Criteria to Interpret the Amazon Synod

A reading of the synodal process The Synod the Amazon is called to be an occasion for “conversion.” Ecclesial events need to be reflected upon and a historical reading made to perceive how God breaks into history even in contradictory conditions and to experience this action powerfully in the present ecclesial moment (cf. Evangelii Gaudium no. 25). A wise reading of the signs of the time confirms that the call to conversion often comes from the “peripheries,” including geographical ones. In this case it may come from the peoples of the Amazon. In the Church we are living at a...

By: Mauricio López Oropeza
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