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Cattedra inserita nella Facoltà di Filosofia della Università Gregoriana attualmente sotto la responsabilità del Prof. João J. Vila-Chã, SJ. La Cattedra considera la riflessione filosofica e l’insegnamento accademico sulle diverse modalità della prassi eticamente rilevante nel nostro mondo multiculturale e avviato alla globalizzazione sociale ed economica.

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medievalists.net 30/04/2018

Medieval Sources of Sovereignty: The Idea of Supreme Authority in Quanto Personam and its Glosses - Medievalists.net

medievalists.net Pope Innocent III’s decretal Quanto personam, issued on 21 August 1198, makes a number of claims regarding the locus, source and character of supreme authority within the Church.

12/12/2017

Chamath Palihapitiya, Founder and CEO Social Capital, on Money as an Instrument of Change

During his View From The Top talk, Chamath Palihapitiya, founder and CEO of Social Capital, discussed how money is an instrument of change which should be us...

03/10/2017

Comiucap: Institutions Universitaires de Philosophie

From November 7-10, 2017, Boston College and COMIUCAP are organizing a Conference on Educating for Modern Democracy: An Exploration of Philosophical and Religious Resources. The event takes place under the assumption that nature and process of the democratic form of government has come under increased pressure in recent times around the world and that in a context such as the present one Institutions of Higher Education have a special role to play promoting high-level reflections not only on the nature of democracy but also on the crucial contribution that Christianity and other Religions are called to make towards the promotion of those values, including the dignity of the Human Person, without which our democracies will more and more remain incapable of sustainable and proper development. The Keynote Addresses at this conference will be delivered by the following Professors: David Campbell (University of Notre Dame); Jose Casanova (Georgetown University); Judith Green (Fordham University); Charles Mathewes (University of Virginia); Eduardo Mendieta (Pennsylvania State University); Charles Taylor (em. McGill University); Candace Vogler (University of Chicago); George Yancy (Emory University). Participation in the Proceedings, with mandatory Registration, will be free of charge. All interested persons are cordially invited to take part in this important debate of our time. COMIUCAP also invites all major institutions of Catholic Higher Education in North America to join us for a debate on the Identity and Mission of our network of Catholic Institutions of Higher Education in North America and around the world.

firstthings.com 25/09/2017

The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism | R. R. Reno

firstthings.com The recent passing of Michael Novak prompted me to take up his masterpiece once again. I first . . . .

heritage.org 12/03/2017

The Crisis of Liberty in the West

«The deepest crisis of liberty in the West is a crisis of moral freedom. Freedom today is understood as a matter of indifference—a freedom from constraint. But freedom rightly understood is a freedom for—a freedom for excellence.»

heritage.org Any lecture on the crisis of liberty in the West faces at least one serious limitation: time. I know time is in short supply, as is liberty, for the crisis of liberty in the West is expansive, multifaceted, and more deeply rooted than many of our political slogans suggest.

avvenire.it 29/01/2017

I gesti di Trump, un incubo che torna. Infame è il marchio

avvenire.it Editoriale del direttore di Avvenire, Marco Tarquinio, sulla decisione del presidente degli Stati Uniti d'America USA Donald J. Trump di innalzare il muro col Messico e di respingere i profughi Medio Oriente cristiani musulmani

economist.com 25/01/2017

Why the celibate priesthood is in crisis

economist.com The Catholic priesthood and marriage

catholicnewsagency.com 24/01/2017

To my sisters who marched on Washington

catholicnewsagency.com I wanted to write something snarky. I wanted to dash off line after line of statistics and data supporting the appalling abuse committed against women and children in the name of progress and equality.

ft.com 17/01/2017

Xi Jinping delivers robust defence of globalisation at Davos

ft.com China’s president draws a line between himself and US president-elect Donald Trump

vita.it 16/01/2017

Quegli 8 uomini che possiedono la stessa ricchezza della metà più povera del pianeta

vita.it Il nuovo rapporto di Oxfam, “Un’economia per il 99%”, diffuso alla vigilia del Forum economico mondiale di Davos, analizza quanto «la forbice della disuguaglianza si stia estremizzando oltre ogni ragionevole giustificazione»

thegospelcoalition.org 15/01/2017

The Exponential Growth of Classical Christian Education

thegospelcoalition.org The renewal of classical Christian education has exploded among parents who can afford a private school education. Now it’s sparking in the underprivileged urban neighborhoods.

theguardian.com 15/01/2017

Aid in reverse: how poor countries develop rich countries

theguardian.com New research shows that developing countries send trillions of dollars more to the west than the other way around. Why?

crisismagazine.com 16/11/2016

Why Thomas More is the Patron Saint of Statesmen - Crisis Magazine

crisismagazine.com Wolf Hall, the recent novel-turned-television-series, raises the question of who is right about the actions and legacy of Thomas More (1478-1535) and Thomas Cromwell (1485-1540). The stakes are higher than many realize. As Mark Movsesian explains: In its biased portrayal of More, British history’s g...

intellectualtakeout.org 30/10/2016

Why Profs Are Spending So Much Time Writing Crap That Nobody Reads

intellectualtakeout.org Most academic papers are read by an average of...

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Scuola, l'ora di religione non interessa più

espresso.repubblica.it In meno di dieci anni la percentuale degli studenti che scelgono di non frequentarla è raddoppiata, passando dal 6 al 12 per cento. Situazione molto diversa nelle varie aree del Paese: se al Sud poco o nulla sembra cambiato rispetto al passato, al Nord la situazione riguarda uno scolaro su cinque

lastampa.it 25/10/2016

“Beneath rigidity there is something else, there is often wickedness”

lastampa.it At this morning’s mass in St. Martha’s House, the Pope said rigid people lead a “double life”, they seem good but they often aren’t; they are strangers to God’s freedom, “slaves of the law”. “How they suffer”!

dappledthings.org 25/10/2016

Dante and Desire

«Where is Eros alive and well? In the Church. The Church is the only institution that currently upholds the link between body and soul, thus uniting our physical, sensible Erotic love with a deeper, universal love capable only through the miracle of an eternal soul united with a finite body. In the human person, heaven and earth truly find a meeting place. Romance is sacred. What is so interesting to me about this is the natural order by which Desire blossoms in us. There’s a fitting progression by which Eros is nurtured, and perhaps many of the ills of Modern Life can be traced back to the egotistic refusal to stand in line. Modern Life, of course, is generally skeptical of the body/soul connection and so lacks the very tools it needs to achieve its goal. It creates a toxic atmosphere in which we are presented with Desire as a valid, and in fact the only, expression of human love but are entirely unable to take the necessary steps to achieve it. End result: Frustration. Anxiety. Despair.»

dappledthings.org How the Church safeguards Eros and Modern Life kills it

vagabomb.com 25/10/2016

’Her Job Is Not to Make Herself Likeable’: Adichie’s Powerful Essay on Raising a Feminist Daughter

vagabomb.com “Being a feminist is like being pregnant. You either are or you are not.”

distributistreview.com 25/10/2016

Localism, Tribalism, and Personalism

«Mediated by an electronic screen, we encounter only a hologram of a person, and yet we find ourselves so willing to orient our interactions and policy directions purely on the basis of such holograms. Even Mounier, writing in the 1930s, saw the danger of these holograms, these abstractions of real people, in bringing about what he called a “depersonalisation” of culture that brought in turn a culture’s willingness to lash out at actual persons. The body, Mounier suggests, is an all-important brake against allowing our abstractions to overtake our actual encounters.»

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crisismagazine.com 17/10/2016

A Family-Friendly Guide to Sex Education - Crisis Magazine

crisismagazine.com “How do I answer my children’s questions about what they hear on the news?” “How do I parent in a post-Obergefell world?” “My childhood was far from innocent. How do I raise my children?” Parents want answers: I’m writing here to propose a few thoughts on human nature and to suggest some reading tha...

economist.com 15/10/2016

On both the left and right, religious rage in the presidential race is more political than spiritual

economist.com The odd role of religion in America's presidential race

qz.com 09/10/2016

How countries like China and Russia are able to control the internet

«It’s easy to think of our relationship to the internet as primarily about the software that connects us to it, like apps and web browsers. The great thing about software is that it is easy to change. If a browser has a bug, it can be fixed overnight. If an app starts asking for access to too much of your data, you can uninstall it.
But underneath all internet software is physical hardware. Once in place, this infrastructure establishes how users access information, and who gets to see that information. This physical internet is being shaped by a battle between two diverging trends: Governments and companies that want more control over data, and the flattening of internet infrastructure. China has been a loud advocate of”internet sovereignty,” the idea that each country should be able to essentially exist entirely on its own network. Huge ISPs like Comcast and Verizon have been accused of treating their own services differently, leveraging the massive networks they control. Centralization of the internet allows the likes of the National Security Agency to spy on traffic by getting large companies to agree, as happened with AT&T.

A decentralized internet, meanwhile, means that no one entity has the power to shape the internet toward its own advantage. It makes censorship, surveillance, and internet shutdowns much more difficult. It makes the internet ecosystem more competitive, and it likely makes the internet faster, allowing connections to take the best route instead of the only route.

As more and more of what we do every day happens online, the way this battle plays out will determine how easy it is for governments and companies to shape our lives.»

qz.com The internet looks a lot scarier under the hood.

nytimes.com 09/10/2016

Sending Potatoes to Idaho? How the Free Market Can Fight Poverty

nytimes.com The experience of the food distributor Feeding America demonstrates the power of markets when they are used as a tool for fulfilling people’s needs fairly.

irishtimes.com 08/10/2016

Is humanity losing faith in reason?

irishtimes.com Philosopher Julian Baggini says rationality needs to be rethought to counter the forces of unreason

crisismagazine.com 08/10/2016

How Globalism Marginalizes Religious Communities - Crisis Magazine

crisismagazine.com I recently commented on the current emphasis on marginalization as a central moral issue, and said the tendency should not be idealized. Its basic effect, I suggested, is to support the movement toward an administratively integrated system covering the whole of social and economic life, and thus the...

crisismagazine.com 08/10/2016

The Banners of Lepanto - Crisis Magazine

«Naval historians have extraordinarily detailed resources for studying the battle. Perhaps the most literate remembrance is that of Cervantes who fought heroically at Lepanto despite a severe fever and wounds; later he was able to write Don Quixote with his right hand, the left being totally useless after October 7. Pope St. Pius V never recorded the details of his astonishing vision on that day, but he saw the scene miraculously while in the church of Santa Sabina discussing administrative accounts with his advisor Bartolo Busotti, and announced the victory to him, nineteen days before a messenger of the Doge of Venice Mocenigo reached Rome with news—no longer new—of the great victory. “Let us set aside business and fall on our knees in thanksgiving to God, for he has given our fleet a great victory.” Five years later the astronomer and geographer Luigi Lilio died. He was a principle architect of the Gregorian calendar implemented in 1582. Trained minds like his, acting upon the testimony of witnesses, calculated by the meridians of Rome and the Curzola isles that the pope had received his revelation precisely as Don Juan leaped from his quarter deck to repulse the Turks boarding his vessel and when the Ottoman galley “Sultana” was attacked side and stern by Marco Antonio Colonna and the Marquis of Santa Cruz.

Despite the Muslim defeat at the gates of Vienna in 1529, the Ottoman Empire was at its peak under Suleiman the Magnificent, having conquered Belgrade, Budapest, Rhodes and Temesvar after Aden, Algiers and Baghdad. It stretched from the Caucuses, Balkans and Anatolia to the sultrier climes of the Middle East and North Africa. One stubborn obstacle was Malta. Suleiman, rather like Herod with Salome, was cajoled by his chief wife Hurrem Sultan and the concubines of his harem to take it. Too old to lead the attack, he dispatched his fleet in 1565 with 40,000 troops among whom were 6500 Janissaries, the Navy Seals of their day, many of whom had been captured in youth and obliged to convert. The Turkish sails were spotted by the Knights of Saint John on May 18. The knights had confessed and attended Mass and, against all odds after a siege of four months, only 10,000 Turks survived to limp slowly back to Constantinople.

Suleiman, sulphuric in wrath, organized an army of 300,000 to march through the plains of Hungary toward Vienna. The Sultan knew that the Church had been weakened by the new Protestant schismatics, and was surprised that the forces Count Miklov Zrinyi in the city of Szigetvar, outnumbered fifty to one, held out for a month. Zrinyi refused the bribe of a princely rule over Croatia, and led his remaining 600 troops into certain death, led by a Cross and jeweled sword. The Turks massacred every civilian man, woman and child within the city gates. Suleiman had died from dysentery four days earlier, leaving the empire to Selim II, his alcoholic and sexually deviant son. Selim soon invaded Cyprus, meeting half-hearted resistance. The capital of Nicosia surrendered on September 9, 1570, and its 20,000 civilians were massacred while “two thousand of the comelier boys and girls were gathered and shipped off as sexual provender for the slave markets in Constantinople.”»

crisismagazine.com A British explorer ship that sank in the Arctic in the 1840s while searching for the Northwest Passage, was located this year on September 3, remarkably intact under the ice. The HMS Terror was one of the ships that attacked Fort McHenry in Baltimore in 1814. Some of the “bombs bursting in air” may…

crisismagazine.com 08/10/2016

A Torah Scholar Helps Explain the Age Of Foolishness - Crisis Magazine

«...one of the major reasons that the Torah was written was to counteract the values of Egyptian culture. Ancient Egypt loved death. Their holy book was the Book of the Dead and their pyramids were monuments that were merely tombs for their dead kings. The Torah, in contrast, was a Book of Life that told the nation of Israel that they had a choice between death and life and exhorted them to choose life. Priests were not allowed to enter a cemetery or be in the presence of a corpse. Many other laws were given to keep death and life separate.»

crisismagazine.com Maybe it takes a Torah scholar and religious Jew to help us understand the roots of the inverted values that animate Western civilization. For over ten years, author and radio talk show host Dennis Prager taught the first five books of the Bible verse-by-verse at the American Jewish University in Lo...

crisismagazine.com 03/10/2016

How to Curtail Judicial Activism - Crisis Magazine

"The public has long unquestioningly embraced a mythology—which seems to be unshaken even by the periodic, well-publicized political controversies over Supreme Court nominees—that somehow the Court almost axiomatically understands the Constitution better than mere politicians or anyone else and is its true guardian. In effect, without seeing the ramifications of this too many believe that the Court in some sense equals the Constitution. So the Court cannot be interfered with, regardless of how great its abuses are.

To be sure, this reflects the poor state of American citizenship education and understanding of governmental institutions and the law generally. (I experienced a good example of this recently as a guest on a radio program when a caller tried to claim that the First Amendment stops private entities from regulating their employees’ speech. Actually, it’s Constitutional Law 101 that the provisions of the Constitution—with very few exceptions, like the Thirteenth Amendment—apply only to governmental, not private, action.) I believe that the more basic reason for such erroneous thinking, however, is that people believe that there has to be some institution that gives ongoing credence and legitimacy to the Constitution amidst the rough-and-tumble and constant changes of politics. They want to believe in the Court even when it undermines the Constitution.

It’s time to readjust our thinking and restore the Supreme Court to the place and powers it was intended to have in our constitutional order—before it further damages the very Constitution that created it and extends the cultural erosion it has been a main cause of. This requires recovering the constitutionally based checks on the Court which long ago fell into desuetude, and the only realistic one now—when we have the right president—is not mere executive appointment but executive resistance."
"The public has long unquestioningly embraced a mythology—which seems to be unshaken even by the periodic, well-publicized political controversies over Supreme Court nominees—that somehow the Court almost axiomatically understands the Constitution better than mere politicians or anyone else and is its true guardian. In effect, without seeing the ramifications of this too many believe that the Court in some sense equals the Constitution. So the Court cannot be interfered with, regardless of how great its abuses are.

To be sure, this reflects the poor state of American citizenship education and understanding of governmental institutions and the law generally. (I experienced a good example of this recently as a guest on a radio program when a caller tried to claim that the First Amendment stops private entities from regulating their employees’ speech. Actually, it’s Constitutional Law 101 that the provisions of the Constitution—with very few exceptions, like the Thirteenth Amendment—apply only to governmental, not private, action.) I believe that the more basic reason for such erroneous thinking, however, is that people believe that there has to be some institution that gives ongoing credence and legitimacy to the Constitution amidst the rough-and-tumble and constant changes of politics. They want to believe in the Court even when it undermines the Constitution.

It’s time to readjust our thinking and restore the Supreme Court to the place and powers it was intended to have in our constitutional order—before it further damages the very Constitution that created it and extends the cultural erosion it has been a main cause of. This requires recovering the constitutionally based checks on the Court which long ago fell into desuetude, and the only realistic one now—when we have the right president—is not mere executive appointment but executive resistance."

crisismagazine.com I hear frequently in this year’s election campaign that Supreme Court appointments should be the key consideration in the choice between the presidential candidates. That’s certainly understandable, and perhaps true. It reflects, however, an unfortunate attitude—widespread and deeply ingrained in th...

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