In former posts we saw that the so-called personalist and phenomenological paradigms are actually umbrella terms under which shelter many approaches and theories, many of which might be considered sub-paradigms. This will also be the case with the psychological paradigm. Here we have to do with an ombrellone covering a vast range of psychological theories and practices. There is no question of attempting an overview of these positions in a single...

(fonte: pubblico dominio, www.commons.wikimedia.org) Quando è uscita la Dichiarazione Fiducia supplicans con la sua indicazione che è possibile “benedire le coppie in situazioni irregolari e le coppie dello stesso sesso, senza convalidare ufficialmente il loro status o modificare in alcun modo l’insegnamento perenne della Chiesa sul matrimonio” (Presentazione del card. Fernandez), alcuni hanno pensato ad un’analogia con la prassi della ...

The “exciting opportunities and grave risks”[1] that generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) provide, along with its rapid adoption, have alerted the international community. ChatGPT was launched on November 30, 2022, and two months later had already reached 100 million active users, “making it the fastest-growing consumer application in history.”[2] On March 22, 2023, more than 1,000 technology experts, researchers and investors signed a...

Ha fatto scalpore, qualche settimana fa, l’annuncio da parte di Elon Musk del riuscito impianto di un chip in un cervello umano (qui). Ciò che fa discutere, però, non è tanto il fatto di essere giunti a far interagire con successo il cervello umano con un dispositivo tecnologico, poiché quella delle interfacce cervello-computer (brain-computer interfaces, BCI) è una linea di ricerca ormai consolidata da anni e con risultati importanti (qui...

Las teólogas mujeres, desde diferentes enfoques, se han preguntado si Jesucristo[1], por ser varón y por las interpretaciones patriarcales y machistas de su evento, podría tener un valor salvífico para las mujeres[2] y, en este sentido, se han preguntado además si la cruz, como símbolo y realidad histórica, podría ser un evento redentor, una «buena noticia» para las mujeres. Desde ya, se podría decir que una cierta comprensión del mis...

An Exemplar for these days: The Man Born Blind

    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 ...

IL DIO VIRUS!?

    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, bisogno...

Corona and the Crown of Thorns (II part)

      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 an...

Corona and the Crown of Thorns (I part)

    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 134...

Words of Wisdom from Gilles Deleuze

  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 alp...