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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Ignatius Insight - THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2015

THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2015 | St. Gregory Barbarigo

ESSAYS and POSTS about "Laudato Si'", Pope Francis, Providence, the infertility industry, Cardinal Sarah, marriage, Father Brown, thought, the FSSP, and much more!

"Laudato Si'" focuses on the heart of man and the disorders of our age | William L. Patenaude | The central thesis is that the fallen nature of the human heart and the resulting brokenness of human relations is the cause of the crises in our lives, families, nations, and now the life-sustaining ecosystems that form our common home.

Watch: Ignatius Press editorial staff members discuss “Laudato Si” | CWR Staff | Ignatius Press president Mark Brumley is joined by Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J., founder of Ignatius Press, editor Vivian Dudro, and John Herreid for a discussion of the new encyclical.

Pope Francis blasts abortion, population control in new encyclical | CNA | “At times we see an obsession with denying any pre-eminence to the human person; more zeal is shown in protecting other species than in defending the dignity which all human beings share in equal measure.”

Environment encyclical takes bold stance on controversial issues | CNA | “Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last two hundred years,” Pope Francis says in his new encyclical.

Providence, Prosperity, and Purpose | Carl E. Olson | “If the providence of God does not preside over human affairs,” wrote St. Augustine, “there is no point in busying oneself about religion.”

The Real Costs of the Infertility Industry | Anne Hendershott & Joseph Cavello | Despite Church sanctions against such practices, it is likely that IVF and other forms of assisted reproduction technology will continue to grow.

Silent Action of the Heart | Cardinal Robert Sarah | A message from the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments to participants of "Sacra Liturgia 2015".

"Benedicta": Chant to Make the Heart Glad | Christopher S. Morrissey | "Benedicta", the debut Gregorian chant CD from the Benedictine Monks of Norcia, takes the form of a concept album about the life of Mary. And it is a perfect soundtrack to prepare you for the practice of prayer.

Now, the Kasper theory of democracy? | George Weigel | The distinguished theologian-bishop has apparently seriously misunderstood the nature of democracy and the Church’s teaching about just political communities.

Failing to Make the Moral Case for Marriage | Robert R. Reilly | The retreat to the position of defending religious freedom means that the issue of the immorality of sodomy and other homosexual acts has been abandoned—both in and out of court.

The Actor, the Author, and the Real ‘Father Brown’ | K. V. Turley | The priest who was the inspiration for Chesterton's great detective also played a central role in the conversion of Chesterton and many others.

What Prospects for Thought? | James Kalb | Complex thought requires a balance between the particular and the universal, the changing and the changeless, and it cannot survive too much diversity or uniformity.

The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter: Traditional Liturgy, Booming Vocations | Jim Graves | With priests serving 200 locations in 120 dioceses worldwide--and another 150 men currently in formation--the FSSP’s director of development reflects on the order’s unique apostolate.

German Idealism and Cardinal Kasper’s Theological Project | Prof. Thomas Heinrich Stark | In order to understand the positions taken by Cardinal Kasper at the Synod, it is necessary to familiarize oneself with the basic themes of his theology and the principles upon which it is based.

Back to Nature | Andrew Svenning | "Jurassic World" returns us to the roots of the original film, but it is not without flaws, including some cartoonish moments.

Love, Tolerance, and the Making of Distinctions | Fr. Robert Barron | To criticize someone for engaging in immoral activity is not to "hate" that person; in point of fact, it is an act of love.

Fraternal Correction By and For Bishops | Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille | Pope Francis' establishment of a new tribunal within the CD to discipline bishops over handling of sexual offenses is both surprising and welcome.

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