The Gospel reading of the Man born blind is easily my favorite Scriptural text (John 9. 1-41). Notice how it starts without the man asking for anything.  Instead, while his disciples are wondering why the man is born blind, Jesus puts mud on the poor man’s eyes, and tells him to wash. The man returns cured. But that’s just the beginning of the story. In the meantime, Jesus exits. The leaders want to know how did this man get cu...

    Forte originale: In cammino con san Gerardo, Il mensile della Famiglia Redentorista, maggio 2020 IL DIO VIRUS!?   «Io sono Covid-19!», qualche giorno fa tra le tantissime notifiche e messaggi divertenti, dissacranti e a volte preoccupanti che continuano ad animare il cellulare, sono emersi anche alcuni video nei quali il noto (purtroppo) coronavirus “prende” addirittura la “parola”. Al microrganismo, bisognoso di atta...

      God is always with his People and accompanies and consoles them in every crisis.  Here in Australia Catholic hospitals have rightly joined the government’s effort for the whole health system, government and non-government, to confront the menace.  Some thousands more beds are available for patients. Bishops as Chief Priests have to be at the head of the flock at this time.  The virus took society by surprise and Church l...

    As a seventy-seven- year old I am at high-risk from the Corona virus.  I would like to share some scattered reflections from my pastoral experience as a priest-moral theologian. Epidemics since antiquity have always spread along trade routes with even more swiftly and dramatically in an age of globalization.  Despite the devastation, humanity has learned to overcome and not to succumb.  When the Black Death stuck in 1349 it took ...

  Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) was one of the most prominent French philosophers of the 20th century.  Before he died, he agreed to grant a long interview of a rather special kind – but on condition that it would not be released until after his death!  In French the title of the interview, released in two DVD’s, is L’Abécédaire de Gilles Deleuze because in it Deleuze commented on a term beginning with each letter of the alphabet (Ani...

The Politics of Migration: a Total Eclipse of Faith by Ideology?
McKeever / 29 Marzo 2019

  The Politics of Migration: a Total Eclipse of Faith by Ideology? On the 25th February 2019 there was a panel discussion in the Alphonsian Academy, Rome, on “Faith and Ideology”. It is a vast question which embraces many forms of faith, many forms of ideology and the various forms of interaction between the two. This interaction, often conflictual in nature, manifests itself in the context of numerous concrete questions of our...

No duelen los escándalos hasta que los escándalos no duelen…
Fidalgo / 22 Marzo 2019

No duelen los escándalos hasta que los escándalos no duelen… Lo dice el papa Francisco, lo comentan los curas y los laicos más comprometidos, lo expande como regadío la prensa, no pocas veces muy amarilla e indolente: los escándalos sexuales golpean a la Iglesia. Hay que aceptarlo y enfrentarlo. Se debe hacer justicia. Ciertamente. Pero, ¿cuál? ¿De qué modo? Si el dolor solo lleva al revanchismo, a las venganzas y a las búsq...

Il Blog dell’Accademia Alfonsiana
Amarante / 15 Marzo 2019

Il blog dell’Accademia Il Consiglio dei Professori dell’Accademia Alfonsiana, in vista del 70° anniversario della sua fondazione, ha deciso di lanciare il blog dell’Accademia. Come risaputo, la struttura di un blog riprende quella di un diario dove, in successione cronologica, si appuntano le proprie riflessioni su un argomento che tocca da vicino i propri interessi o campi di ricerca. Infatti la struttura di ogni pagina di un bl...