The Dispute on the Humanum
November 21, 2013
Towards the Synod on the Family 2014
By Fr. Gilfredo Marengo

The will to scrutinize the first acts of government of a new Pope is a comprehensible common mark of every beginning of a pontificate. It is difficult to avoid this behavior; however, in order not to fall into the trap of unbalanced interpretations, it must encompass two exigencies: there is no doubt that some initial choices always express a somewhat programmatic accent and can give a glimpse of some strong profiles of a way still to discover. At the same time, the complexity of a...

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October 01, 2013
Body and love
By Fr. Gilfredo Marengo

The reflections on human love are central in the magisterium of John Paul II. These reflections, well known from his more frequently quoted works, have now become the common patrimony of the life of the Church, and as such they are mentioned in a number of key texts. Starting from Familiaris Consortio, going on to Mulieris dignitatem and up to the Letter to the Families, together with the catechetical cycles dedicated to human love, certain categories are punctually recognized and have...

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July 31, 2013
To learn to love
By Fr. Gilfredo Marengo

Reflecting on John Paul II’s heritage and linking it to his unique focus on themes of human love, marriage and the family is both obvious and necessary in order to highlight at least one of the issues that was at the very heart of his testimony and magisterium.

While avoiding any undue absolutism, such an exercise is undoubtedly legitimate and invites us to critically develop the sense of, and understand the reasons for, the uniqueness of the Polish Pope.

It is a known fact...

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July 11, 2013
Vatican II, the Council on Faith: reflecting on Lumen Fidei
By Fr. Gilfredo Marengo

In his first encyclical, Pope Francis does not fail to offer a quick, but no less interesting, reference to Vatican II.

Two fundamental elements: the definition of Council on faith and the dialogical profile which underlines contemporary man, the concreteness of his life experience: “The Year of Faith was inaugurated on the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. This is itself a clear indication that Vatican II was a Council on faith, inasmuch as it asked us to...

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