Tag: Social Teachings

  • It is time for Catholics “belly up to the bar.” Think Social Teachings!

    The Catholic Church, which includes all the Rites East and West, must reinstll the heart of the gospel messages in Catholic Social Teachings. Have we become so comfortable with our wealth that we forget the Gospel message? Joseph Cardinal Cardijn’s thinking and message go back decades before Vatican II. Cardijn’s methods of See-Judge-Act are vital […]

  • Eudaimonia is the Anthesis of Authoritarianism

    Eudaimonia is the Antithesis of Authoritarianism  The Wisdom of Aristotle and the ‘Greater Good’ is the Difference in being human and the Difference it makes in the words of Peter, Paul & Mary: “When will we ever learn, when will we ever learn.” Examples of authoritarianism are throughout history. We see the path to the […]

  • Green Junction: The Pandemic has tested the capacity of populations. By Julie Peller Ph.D.

    The damage from humanity’s exploitation of the earth’s natural resources plays out daily around the globe. However, significant parts of the population experience milder effects of climate change, massive waste, biodiversity loss, etc. How attentive are those who do not experience intense, direct effects of these massive global problems? Do people of faith feel empathetic […]

  • You Are Church

    Two creative movements in the Catholic Church became instrumental in leading up to Vatican II. The New Theology Movement of France and the Catholic Action Movement. A driving force in both movements in the United States was Louis J Putz CSC. As a student, Louis was inspired by Teilhard, Congar, de Lubac, Jean Danielou, Cardinal Suhard as […]

  • History has taught us …

    History has taught us that “religion” is not divorced from the work-a-day world. Matthew 5 is a good example. Social Justice programs in churches during the entire industrial revolution (which just recently ended) brought about a greater awareness of church and society’s role and the relationship between the two. Today In classical economics terms, there […]

  • Once the science is understood, we face additional questions By Julie Peller Ph.D.

    The necessary societal changes implemented due to the coronavirus pandemic created unique opportunities for scientists who study the atmosphere and air quality. Imagine that your work involves the study of air pollution, and some of the primary pollution emissions were forcibly reduced across an entire country, an experimental scenario you could never create to understand […]

  • Justice, Ecology, Social Action, Contemplation and a lecture from Steven Millies

      Justice, Ecology, Social Action, Contemplation, and political action are interwoven as a seamless garment.  This is what we call Church.   We see this in Thomas Merton, Thomas Keatings, Richard Rohr, and yes, Pope Francis.   The Hank Center  and the various lectures they present help us understand what is happening at the intersection […]

  • The Hank Center Panel Discussion

    I am a big fan of the work of the Hank Center at Loyola University in Chicago. Many of the themes we all discuss on this site address issues we see in the encyclicals of Pope Francis and his homilies and other writings including speeches.Yesterday the Hank Center had a panel discussion(short intro below) discussing […]