Saint Augustine teaches that when justice disappears from temporal governments, they can be likened to ‘a large band of robbers’…This forceful expression doesn’t sound so farfetched to contemporary ears. And there must be some reason for this…Continue Reading
Are all religions equal since we need to respect all religions?
Recently, it has become common to hear affirmations regarding the right to religious liberty that end up confusing diverse concepts such that it seems to indicate an almost obligatory religious pluralism that intends to put all religions – Christian or non-Christian – on the same level. Continue Reading
A picture is worth a thousand words….and a gesture, sometimes, more than an official document…
As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. That’s why the expressive though silent message transmitted through certain gestures often deserves our attention just as much as certain declarations or documents do. This is all the more true in the case of the one who has the mission of representing Jesus Christ ex officio, as his Vicar on earth.Continue Reading
Is Ecumenism the harmony of all Christian Faiths?
Ever since the early Greeks, the sphere has been considered the perfect shape par excellence. This philosophical consideration served as a basis amongst the Scholastics for interesting theological constructions regarding the concept of God and the Church.Continue Reading
The self-denominated ‘Archbishop of Uppsala, dear sister’: How far will ecumenical dialogue go?
‘There will be one flock, one shepherd’ (Jn 10:16)…This was Christ’s desire in leaving the mandate for the Apostles to ‘proclaim the gospel to every creature’ (Mk 16:15). Continue Reading
Does the Old Covenant still exist? Is Judaism still a valid way of salvation?
In the Declaration Nostra Aetate no. 4, Vatican Council II manifests the doctrine consistently recognized by the Church ever since the time of Saint Paul, that the Jewish People would finally convert to the Lord: “Nevertheless, God holds the Jews most dear for the sake of their Fathers; He does not repent of the gifts He makes or of the calls He issues. Continue Reading
Are All Children of God – Including Atheists or Those of Any Religion?
Coming to know about a new birth, it is not unusual to hear that another child of God has been born. However, this common expression, though not intentionally erroneous, is nonetheless profoundly imprecise. Who can someone truly call their child? Can this title be given to the son or daughter of one’s neighbor? Continue Reading
Can there be ‘martyrs’ in other religions?
From our most basic notions of Catechism we know that “Baptism of blood” incorporates into the Holy Church those who have died for their faith in Christ, even though they have not yet received sacramental Baptism. Francis, in turn, speaks of an “ecumenism of blood”, which would unite all of those who suffer persecution; Catholics, Orthodox, Copts and Lutherans, at times even including Muslims and ministers of other religions on the list. Consequently, many questions arise… Read more…