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EG 255: Social Dialogue In A Context Of Religious Freedom

“Social dialogue in a context of religious freedom” is our topic for the next four sections (255-258). Let’s keep in mind that the world’s bishops and Pope Francis have a wider view of religious freedom. For many Christians around the … Continue reading

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EG 254: God Working With Non-Christians

Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium, speaks of the “justification” of non-Christians. Do you buy it? 254. Non-Christians, by God’s gracious initiative, when they are faithful to their own consciences, can live “justified by the grace of God”,[International Theological Commission, Christianity and … Continue reading

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EG 252-253: Islam

Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium, speaks of our Muslim sisters and brothers: 252. Our relationship with the followers of Islam has taken on great importance, since they are now significantly present in many traditionally Christian countries, where they can freely worship … Continue reading

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EG 251: Other Religions

Pope Francis counsels we keep in mind the difference between and the relationship of the proclamation of the Gospel (kerygma) and the personal communication each of us has with other people. He draws on the previous two popes, cautioning against … Continue reading

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EG 250: Interreligious Dialogue

Pope Francis takes a look at interreligious dialogue in sections 250-253. Obviously, he has separated out concerns about ecumenism (244-246). And Christian relationship with Jews (247-249). Relationships with people of other religious backgrounds have their challenges, some significant ones no doubt, but … Continue reading

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EG 247-249: Relations With Judaism

Three brief sections in Evangelii Gaudium examine the Christian approach to Judaism. Note that Pope Francis does not discuss “Catholic” issues, but ones that touch upon the larger body of Christian believers. Let’s read: 247. We hold the Jewish people in … Continue reading

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EG 246: Christian Divisions

Pope Francis offers some commentary on Christian disunity in this section of Evangelii Gaudium: 246. Given the seriousness of the counter-witness of division among Christians, particularly in Asia and Africa, the search for paths to unity becomes all the more urgent. … Continue reading

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Hearing and Listening

Is Pope Francis doing a crazy thing weaning Catholics off every word uttered by the Bishop of Rome? Phil Lawler thinks little of the lawless approach, especially giving interviews to less-than-respectable organs. (I notice that he doesn’t bother to link … Continue reading

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EG 244-245: Ecumenical Dialogue

Pope Francis write on “Ecumenical dialogue,” citing Vatican II: 244. Commitment to ecumenism responds to the prayer of the Lord Jesus that “they may all be one” (Jn 17:21). The credibility of the Christian message would be much greater if Christians … Continue reading

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EG 242-243: Dialogue Between Faith, Reason, And Science

Evangelii Gaudium looks at the “Dialogue between faith, reason and science.” It will be just these two sections. Instead of the adversarial approach between religion and science so often celebrated in our culture, Pope Francis suggests we look at a synthesis … Continue reading

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EG 240-241: Dialogue With the State

In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis describes the role of the state: 240. It is the responsibility of the State to safeguard and promote the common good of society.[Cf. CCC 1910; Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Compendium of the Social Doctrine … Continue reading

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EG 238-239: Social Dialogue As A Contribution To Peace

With this post, we turn to section IV of Chapter Four in Evangelii Gaudium, “Social Dialogue as a Contribution to Peace.” Three partners in dialogue are suggested: politics, culture, and non-Catholics. It’s not a Pope Francis idea here; the originator is Pope … Continue reading

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EG 236-237: A New Geometry

Evangelii Gaudium presents a geometry of relationships: 236. Here our model is not the sphere, which is no greater than its parts, where every point is equidistant from the centre, and there are no differences between them. Instead, it is the … Continue reading

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EG 234-235: The Whole Is Greater Than The Part

Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium, opens up the theme of “The whole is greater than the part.” My sense here is that he’s not talking (only) about economics, but just how we view our world: 234. An innate tension also exists … Continue reading

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EG 233: Putting the Word into Practice

Evangelii Gaudium offers a motto, but I think there’s more behind the short sentence than just a clever phrase. We’ve explored this the past two days. Let’s wrap up the thought with Pope Francis today as he moves from philosophy into … Continue reading

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