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The ‘Weakness’ of Christ. An argument for His truth

The ‘Weakness’ of Christ. An argument for His truth

by: José M. Millás, SJ - La Civilta Cattolica in Spirituality,

Sometimes we meet people who have had a good Christian formation, but who have become agnostics over time. We might think that these are exceptional cases. However, we are convinced that these cases are a symptom of an obvious fact: in traditionally Christian countries there is a crisis that affects both the faith and the life of the baptized. They stop practicing, become agnostics, and either  live as such, or seek alternatives to a Christian religion that has lost its attractiveness and credibility.

 
SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT – YEAR A

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT – YEAR A

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

Today we have much need to listen to the words of Isaiah because discouragement and  pessimism are very widespread in our society; it is enough to listen to certain speeches that  we hear, sometimes they sound like a race to denounce more and more evils in our world;  ‘times are bad, everything stinks, the world is getting worse and worse.’ Isaiah wants us to  see our world as God sees it. And so, instead of just stopping in complaining about the pains  of childbirth, we will begin to rejoice thinking about the new creature, the new world that is  being born.

The Priesthood of Christ and Other Religions

The Priesthood of Christ and Other Religions

by: Gerald O'Collins, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Ecumenism,

In recent decades Christian scholars have written much about the saving work of Christ reaching those who follow other religions. A dimension needing more consideration is that of the priesthood of Christ. How can the theology of religions be enriched by reflection on the high priesthood of Christ? We begin with the Second Vatican Council, then focus on the Letter to the Hebrews, and finish with Paul and John.

Is the secularized West witnessing a religious revival?

Is the secularized West witnessing a religious revival?

by: Charles - La Croix International in Church Issues,

 A Church historian skeptical of recurring talk about revivalism admits that new forms of religiosity are appearing, but wonders if we're using the right indicators to observe them. Isn't this talk of revivalism, which comes up about every twenty years, a kind of recurrent journalistic theme that is based on only a few spectacular, but not really significant, facts? Surveys show that the secularization curve continues to move upward and religious institutions continue to disintegrate.

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

“Fear the judgment of God!” Some preachers still use threats to discourage us from evil, but it is becoming less and less effective. The image of God as a judge is present in the Gospel, especially that of Matthew, in which it appears on almost every page. More importantly, this final judgment of a forensic type pronounced by God at the end of life will no longer be of help to anyone. At that point, it will be impossible for anyone to make up for the lost or badly used time.

Parrhesia: Freedom of Speech in Early Christianity

Parrhesia: Freedom of Speech in Early Christianity

by: Enrico Cattaneo, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Church Issues,

 The philosopher Michel Foucault defines parrhesia as “the frankness, the openness of heart, the opening of word, the openness of language, the freedom of speech.” However, this does not mean saying what one wants in the way one wants, for by its very nature parrhesia reflects an ethical attitude in that what one has to say is said “because it is both necessary and useful, as well as being true.” Therefore, parrhesia is connected to the truth and to the good, and so excludes calumny, defamation and disinformation, while satire is admissible.

The Heart of Christ in the Liturgy

The Heart of Christ in the Liturgy

by: Enrico Cattaneo, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Spirituality,

The new edition of the Roman Missal, has been adopted by all the Italian dioceses, with the exception of  Milan, which follows its own rite. It contains numerous prayer texts on the theme of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Above all is the Mass for the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Friday after the Second Sunday after Pentecost.

Solemnity of Christ the King

Solemnity of Christ the King

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, is the crown of the liturgical year. Today’s liturgy summarizes the mission of Christ. He died on the Cross for us to reveal to us the depth of God’s love and his boundless mercy on sinners.

How could the Catholic Church develop its teaching on artificial contraception?

How could the Catholic Church develop its teaching on artificial contraception?

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in Church Issues,

As rumours grow that Pope Francis is considering a new document that may soften the Church’s ban on artificial contraception, The Tablet’s Rome correspondent meets the advisor seeking to knit together and refresh the Church’s approach to ethical issues. The protection and nurture of human life from conception to natural death is at the heart of the Church’s mission.