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Theology

 

Blood and charity

Popular ecclesiastical devotion in a particular way assigns the month of July to the memory and the worship of Christ’s blood. On this theme we ...

There’s no place more holy than the tabernacle

The festive air surrounding Corpus Christi , the sumptuous decorations adorning churches and lining the streets, and everything else that goes along with the popular ...

Fixing our eyes on God

Christians are called to have an answer ready for anyone who asks the reason for the hope that they have (cfr. 1 Pt 3:15). Blessed ...

So as not to deny Creation

During an interview by Lucetta Scaraffia that appeared in the September edition of “Women Church World”, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, President of the International Theological Commission, ...

New 5-year term of the International Theological Commission

The following is a press release concerning the conclusion of the eighth five-year term of the International Theological Commission and the appointment of the new ...

I hear the cry of his voice

Does the Gospel of St John invite us — in and through our weakness — to become friends of Jesus; to dwell in him and ...

An open dialogue

An interlocutor’s respect is measured by his ability to listen. The more attentive he is to the words addressed to him, the more authentic the ...

Saying God is impossible without also saying man

An international congress sponsored by the European Association for Catholic Theology entitled God in Question: Religious Language and Secular Languages . In collaboration with the ...

The root and the wild branches

The history of Jewish-Christian relations is complex and difficult. Alongside the positive moments, in which several bishops took the Jews under their wing to protect ...

The trilogy to be completed by Christmas

It will be at the Frankfurt Book Fair from 10-14 October that Rizzoli Publications will present for the first time the new book by Joseph ...

A vital link

In recent times there has been a great deal of talk about “the God particle”, mixing cosmology and religion, often with a touch of irony. ...

A 'Nobel Prize' for theology during the Synod of Bishops

The presentation of the “Ratzinger Prize”, in its second year, will take place on Saturday morning, 20 October, in the context of the upcoming Synodal ...

Origen heretical?

The ample space that the cultural supplement of Il Sole 24 Ore, ever alert to new things, gave to the resonating discovery of 29 unpublished ...

That which the Church realizes

The following is the intervention given on Wednesday in Maynooth by the Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops at the Theological Symposium for the ...

The Reformer of the Church

When St Paul, on his third missionary journey, reached Ephesus, “There he found some disciples. And he said to them, 'Did you receive the Holy ...

The right of God over what is his own

Why the Year of Faith? The question is not rhetorical and deserves an answer, especially in the face of the great expectation which is being ...

How does Erik Peterson call us into question?

Erik Peterson shows clearly, in the expressionistic features of his biography and of his theology, that true theology must shake one, in order to comfort ...

In the Communion of the Church

Following its examination, in Chapter One, of the fundamental nature of theology, as the rational exploration of that faith which is a response to the ...

The genetic code of Catholic Theology

Inspired by the Holy Spirit, the Church is focusing all her energy on the “new evangelization”. Catholic theology cannot remain in the margins of this ...

Connections are not encounters

In the times of the digital revolution an essay Cybertheology. Thinking Christianity in the age of the web fits into the ongoing discussion between apocalyptics ...

The Word of God rule of the faith of the Church

The word of Scripture is not “an inert deposit within the Church” but the “supreme rule of faith and power of life”. Benedict XVI wrote ...

Letter from the wilderness

What did Jesus do in the first 30 years of his life? What was that hidden part of the Son of God's earthly life like? ...

Professor Ratzinger speaks to us  of happiness

I believe that the history of the development of words is like a mirror in which to read the progress of human thought. The word ...

What do you feel about preaching to the Pope?

It was the Bolognese, Prospero Lambertini – Pope from 1740 to 1758 with the name of Benedict XVI – who in 1743 reserved the office ...

Publication of the Document "Theology Today: Perspectives, Principles and Criteria" by the International Theological Commission

In the wake of its document In Search of a Universal Ethic: A New Look at Natural Law (2009), the International Theological Commission, as part ...

The religious being

Julien Ries has rendered an important service to the Catholic Church: he has restored to anthropological research its original meaning, that of research into human ...

Today the 'Ancient of Days' becomes a child

In the Eastern Churches the Feast of 2 February is one of the 12 Great Feasts of the liturgical year. Already attested to in the ...

Non-believers and the search for God

We are publishing the translation of an article from the journal “Palabra” by the Director of the Institute of Philosophical Investigation at the Universidad Nacional ...

The Bible that made England

The 400th anniversary of the English translation of the Bible, named after King James, was recently celebrated in the Cathedral of Canterbury. The following is ...

Note with pastoral recommendations for the Year of Faith

Introduction With the Apostolic Letter of 11 October 2011, Porta fidei , Pope Benedict XVI declared a Year of Faith . This year will begin ...

Today the Virgin quenches Adam's thirst

The Byzantine Office for Christmas is a collection of troparia from various sixth- to ninth-century hymnographies. The canon of Matins is by Cosmas, born in ...

The temptation of Christmas

In order to describe our humanity and to see ourselves properly at this moment in the world's history, it is hard for us to find ...

Waiting for the true light

In the baroque triumph of the altar of the Chair of St. Peter in the Vatican Basilica, the faithful who gathered for mass on December ...

Finance and the golden calf

As the political leaders of Europe meet to save the Euro and European Union, so should religious leaders. That is why I have come to ...

At the school of Christian tradition

On Friday afternoon, December 2nd, at the Ambrosian Library of Milan, the works of Monsignor Inos Biffi will be presented. Since April, 2007, Jaca Book ...

The challenge of contemporary atheism

What has happened to contemporary atheism? Until a few years ago, atheism resided in a pragmatic space of irreligiousness and indifference, assisted by the modern ...

With an intelligence that does not fear itself

From November 22 to 24th, the Research Institute on Non-Belief and Culture at the Pontifical Urbaniana University, three public lessons will be held by philosopher ...

Speaking with God is necessary

“Of maximum usefulness in the Church of Jesus are not the so-called practical men nor even the pure proponents of theories, but the true contemplatives,” ...

The silence of listening in the spirit of joy

On Friday, November 11, the Cardinal President of the Pontifical Council for Culture will present the book, Verbum Domini. Studi e comenti sull’esortazione apostolica postsinodale ...

Too complacent in the finite

The solemnity of All Saints and the commemoration of All Souls, which we have just celebrated and the up-coming weeks which conclude the Christian year, ...

Leading us out of the desert into the life of Christ

“I have decided to proclaim a Year of Faith” which will begin on 11 October 2012 and end on 24 November 2013. The Holy Father ...

The door of faith

Apostolic Letter Motu Proprio data Porta Fidei of the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI for the Indiction of the Year of Faith The “door of faith” ...

The deeply religious women who adorned the Church

The studies are published in two large volumes, Mulieres in Ecclesia, storie di monache e bizzoche (Fondazione centro italiano degli studi sull'alto medioevo, Spoleto 2010), ...

Teacher of Conscience

A year ago, on 19 September 2010, Pope Benedict XVI beatified the famous English theologian John Henry Newman. During his Christmas audience with the Roman ...

Today the Cross clothes us in the habit of life

Christian hymnograpy, especially in the Syrian and Byzantine traditions sings of the Cross of Christ and presents it on every occasion as a place of ...

Today the barren woman gives birth to the 'nest of the Lord'

The Nativity of the Mother of God is one of the most ancient of the Marian feasts. It originated in Jerusalem and was already attested ...

A woman's intuition

The first Eucharistic Congress was held in Lille, France, in 1881, on an emblematic theme: The Eucharist saves the world . This was the beginning ...

The coins of God

We are publishing extracts from a text given by the Prefect of the Vatican Apostolic Library at a conference held in Buja (Udine), Italy, on ...

Need for another Chateaubriand

We live in a time of crisis as far as transmitting the Christian message is concerned. In particular, it is a crisis of the language ...

The smallest mustard seed of history

"The Christian faith,” writes Benedict XVI in Jesus of Nazareth , “stands or falls with the truth of testimony that Christ is risen from the ...

Christ and Orpheus on the altar of the emperor

There is an inter esting document of Roman history that goes from Hadrian (117-138 of the Christian era) to Carino (283-285): it is the Historia ...

The whispering breeze of the Eucharist

“Anyone who receives the Eucharist with the proper disposition”, St Bonaventure writes in his splendid Sermon on the Most Holy Body of Christ , “obtains ...

Movement in three parts

We publish some excerpts of an article which will appear in the next edition of the Italian bi-monthly, "Life and Thought" Beginning with the certainty ...

In following faith reason  corresponds with its vocation

“ We are grateful to the prizewinners because in their work they have shown that in following the route marked out by faith, reason corresponds ...

Making God present in our world

It never ceases to surprise, given the degree of secularist dedication of our times in certain environments fed by ideological and political impulses, that a ...

The lamp of the Precursor has appeared

John the Baptist, Prophet and Precursor ( prodromos ), is one of the most celebrated figures in the liturgical tradition of the Eastern Churches. As ...

Nothing is more essential

It is affirmed, with the persuasion of proclaiming who-knows-what oracle, that by now the Church needs to alter its priestly ministry from its sacral phase ...

A single love

The vocation to celibacy for the heavenly kingdom and the call to marriage are often perceived if not in opposition to each other, at least ...

Thought suffocates without silence

It is an institute created to make known the works of Thomas Aquinas, by encouraging dialogue between professionals of his thought and philosophic dilettantes (in ...

Christian charity beyond any other affiliation

Dear Brother Bishops, I offer you a warm welcome on the occasion of your visit ad Limina Apostolorum, a particular moment of grace and a ...

The Gospel and the drama of fragmentation

Your Eminences, Venerable Brothers in the Episcopate and in the Priesthood Dear Brothers and Sisters, When, on June 28 of last year, at the First ...

In dialogue while looking at the same truth

The most obvious way in which a Jewish reader could read the second book of Benedict XVI on Jesus of Nazareth is to look for ...

A book and its cover

We publish below extracts from a talk given by the Director of Archivio, Julien Ries, of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart on the ...

The modernity of the Angelic Doctor

A simple and innovative Dictionary of Philosophy and Thomist Theology will be published tomorrow, May 20, by the French Swiss publishing house, Parole et Silence ...

Christians, not to boast but to open up the world to God

On Holy Thursday morning, 21 April, the Holy Father celebrated the Chrism Mass in St Peter’s Basilica. Before the traditional blessing of the oils, Benedict ...

Beyond the walls of death

Let the Resurrection of Jesus “break down the walls of death” and open a new land to humanity “united at last with God’s Heaven”. Theses ...

Wisdom of difference

Dialogue between religions should focus on “improving the quality of our disagreements” rather than on merely reaching agreement in specific issues, if it is to ...

More than a book a moving, fascinating, liberating testimony

Part Two, the second volume of the Holy Father’s book “Jesus of Nazareth - Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection” was ...

A book of the heart

Benedict XVI’s most recent publication is truly a book of the heart. Perhaps for this reason too he wanted to put his family name before ...

His Christ-centered theology

December 12th marked the second anniversary of the death of Cardinal Avery Dulles, one of the finest theologians the Church in the United States has ...

Knowledge and love  the pillars of theology

“ Knowledge and love sustain one another” in theological research, the Holy Father reminded members of the International Theological Commission, whom he received in Audience ...

Gentleness and humility transform outrage into blessing

The Gospel scene today, a Sabbath meal at the home of one of the leading Pharisees, begins with reciprocal observations. The host and his friends ...

Life in Christ

The famous treatise Life in Christ by the Byzantine theologian Nicolas Cabasilas is based on the mystagogy of the sacraments of Christian initiation, with the ...

Moral credibility encourages  acceptance of the Gospel

On Saturday morning, 19 June, in the Vatican's Consistory Hall, the Holy Father spoke to the Bishops of the East ii Region of the Brazilian ...

‘Ecclesia Semper Amanda et Purificanda’

On the Feast of the Lord's Epiphany in the year 2001, Pope John Paul II issued his magnificent reflection upon the Church's experience celebrating the ...

Dear Hans

The following is a translation from Italian of the open letter to Hans Küng, the Swiss theologian, written recently by his first publisher in Italy. ...

Natural moral law engraved in all hearts

On Friday, 15 January, the Holy Father spoke to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith of which he was formerly Prefect. His successor, ...

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