At a recent dialogue sponsored by the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick led off with a remarkable summary of the how Pope Francis treats the poor and poverty in "The Joy of the Gospel." Cardinal McCarrick analyzes the Holy Father’s challenges in four areas: personally, ecclesially, economically and politically. At the dialogue, Cardinal McCarrick offered a summary of the letter and also offered some personal encounters with then Cardinal Jorge Bergolio and other comments related to the text.
In the latest issue of America, in an essay titled "Saving the Humanities," Raymond Schroth, S.J., responds to "The Heart of the Matter," a report recently issued by the Commission on the Humanities & Social Sciences for the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
I awoke Tuesday morning with the voice of Barack Obama in my ears. NPR is my alarm clock, and the president was speaking live to a roaring crowd in the Johannesburg soccer stadium—a stadium much like the one where I saw Nelson Mandela address a similar rally right after his return from prison in 1990. Obama was paying tribute to his hero. I hung to his words until the newscaster interrupted to bring us other news, the weather and a business report.
In Porta Fidei (The Door of Faith), Pope Benedict XVI's reflection announcing the recently ended Year of Faith, he mentioned those who, "while not claiming to have the gift of faith, are nevertheless sincerely searching for the ultimate meaning and definitive truth of their lives and of the world." According to Benedict,
The release today of Pope Francis’s 2014 World Day of Peace Message, “Fraternity, the Foundation and Pathway to Peace,” is the pope’s second major statement in two weeks. A significant theme in the message is the link between poverty and inequality.
How would you define sin? The French philosopher Rémi Brague suggests that the only way, “is to say: sin is what is forgiven” (150).
Solutions to long-term unemployment do not seem to be on the agenda for 2014.
Steve Jobs ended his 2005 Stanford commencement speech by urging his audience, "Stay hungry. Stay foolish." For Jobs, remaining hungry and foolish was the path to authenticity. It was the way to live a life that, in his words, didn't rely on the results of another's thinking.
His closing words came to mind recently as I ruminated on the way that men and women in the New Testament approach Jesus. Except I thought of a variation on the Jobs theme: "Stay hungry. Stay foolish. Stay desperate."
John W. Martens asks readers for essential Bible passages for Christian-Muslim dialogue.