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 December 2018 

The Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan 

John O’Brien details the injustices flowing from the application of blasphemy laws in Pakistan. He shows how they have little to do with genuine religious sensibilities; but are linked to jealousy and revenge, and with the way Pakistani Islamism conflates religious minority and caste-based inferiority. 

Is There a Theological Response to Brexit? 

John Scally examines the approaches of Hans Kung and Walter Wink to questions of the common good. He finds in Wink’s theology of powers and his interpretation of the Beatitudes as a ‘Third Way’, a line of hopeful thinking about society and its problems. He points to the necessity for dialogue with ‘give and take’ in order for truth to be found: ‘only then can adequate answers to serious questions like Brexit be established.’ 

Walk to Emmaus: Retreats and Letters 

Paul Gadie writes about Walk to Emmaus retreats, an offshoot of the Catholic Cursillo Movement, and its use of letters as a spiritual support. He shows how the movement has made a significant contribution in prison chaplaincy. 

Providing Pensions for All in an Age of Radical Uncertainty 

David Begg continues his series on ‘Justice Questions’, with a detailed examination of the government’s ‘Automatic Enrolment’ flagship policy for pensions. 

The Long Shadow of the Cross 

Luke Macnamara, O.S.B., reflects on the Passion of Jesus as found in Mark. He examines who was Jesus with on the cross, paying special attention to David and Susanna as forerunners. And he moves on to ask: ‘who was Jesus with on the cross?’ 

Searching for Reconciliation in the Balkans 

Thomas Albert Howard reports on a trip to Bosnia-Herzegovina and other Balkan states in search of interviewees for a research project on interreligious dialogue. 

Books of the Year: Liturgy 

Liam M. Tracey, O.S.M., writes about Liturgy and Secularism: Beyond the Divide, by Joris Geldhof.




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