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Doctrine & Life
July-August 2019

Embodying Beatitude(s)

Writing in appreciation of the late Jean Vanier, Michael Downey draws attention to the philosophical studies that shaped the founder of l’Arche, especially the Aristotelian triad of justice, contemplation and friendship as key to happiness.

Ecological Conversion

Donal Dorr draws attention to the need to become ecologically converted, setting out the various aspects of what is involved – affective, intellectual, moral. He reflects on the tactics, strategy and principles at play in practice if such conversion is to come about in a society where the market is deified.

Is the Political Will to Save the Planet Fading?

David Begg suggests that the empirical evidence of the capacity of states to respond effectively to the global climate crisis is not impressive. He finds hope in thinkers who propose a theory of advanced capitalist democracy based on three ideas – the central role of the state, the concerns by a significant part of the electorate for economically competent government, and the geographical embeddedness of advanced capitalism.

The New Legislation for Monasteries of Contemplative Nuns

In the first of three articles, Eleanor Campion, O.C.S.O., introduces the Vatican documents which are scheduled to usher considerable change for women’s monasteries in the Latin Church.

Does Lying Matter?

Ian Linden points to the dangers for the future of healthy democracy and the rule of law, if people in office or seeking office make systematic lying an element of their strategy.

Finding Room in the Inn

John Scally explores the theological foundations of a document on homelessness issued by the Irish Episcopal Conference, last year.

Religious Freedom

T.P. O’Mahony traces church thinking on the topic from the patristic era, through the Reformation and the nineteenth century papacy, to Vatican II. He pays special attention to the work of John Courtney Murray.

Coming to Terms with the Unknowable

Sophia M. White reviews Dancing to My Death with a Love Called Cancer, by Daniel O’Leary, finding in it an honest account of confusion and the writing of an undoubtedly holy man.



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