‘Laudato Si’’ and Romano Guardini

In 1986, after serving in a variety of capacities in the Jesuit province of Argentina, Jorge Mario Bergoglio commenced doctoral studies in Germany. The focus of his research was the great 20th-century theologian and cultural critic Romano Guardini, who had been a key influence on, among many others, Karl Rahner, Henri de Lubac and Joseph Ratzinger. As things turned out, Bergoglio never finished his doctoral degree, but his immersion in the writings of Guardini decisively shaped his thinking.

ISIS and the meaning of the cross

A few weeks ago, the attention of the world was riveted to a deserted beach in northern Libya, where a group of twenty one Coptic Christians were brutally beheaded by masked operatives of the ISIS movement. In the wake of the executions, ISIS released a gruesome video entitled “A Message in Blood to the Nation of the Cross.”

Why I love my invisible friend

One of the favorite taunts of the New Atheists is that religious people believe in an “invisible friend.” They are implying, of course, that religion is little more than a pathetic exercise in wishful thinking, a reversion to childish patterns of projection and self-protection. It is well past time, they say, for believers to grow up, leave their cherished fantasies behind, and face the real world.

'The Giver' and the fading memory of Christianity

Lois Lowry’s 1993 novel “The Giver” has garnered a wide audience over the past two decades, since it has become a standard text in middle schools and high schools across the English-speaking world. With the enormous success of the “Harry Potter,” “Twilight” and “Hunger Games” films, Hollywood has been busy adapting books written for the young adult audience. 

Why goodness depends on God

By Father Robert Barron

One of the commonest observations made by opponents of religion is that we don’t need God in order to have a coherent and integral morality. Atheists and agnostics are extremely sensitive to the charge that the rejection of God automatically will lead to moral chaos. Consequently, they argue that a robust sense of ethics can be grounded in the consensus of the human community over time or in the intuitions and sensibilities of decent people, etc.

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