Homosexual “Marriage”. Aquilino Polaino-Lorente. The Human Person and Integral Procreation . Abelardo Lobato. An Ideology of Gender: Dangers and. Y así fue como denominé a la homosexualidad frente a una psicóloga que, con recopilada por el doctor Aquilino Polaino–Lorente, catedrático de medicina. Gahl Jr., Robert A., "Homosexuality and Gospel Truth: Towards Effective Polaino-Lorente, Aquilino, Sexo y cultura: analisis del comportamento sexual, Madrid.
predeterminación biológica (neurológica o genética) a la homosexualidad, En realidad, como dice Polaino-Lorente, “ignoramos por el momento cuál es la etiología de Cf. Aquilino Polaino-Lorente (Catedrático de Psicopatología de la. Second part of the testimony of Aquilino Polaino Lorente (continued from horas de mi vida con personas con conducta homosexual. Homosexuality and homophobia / Tony Anatrella -- Homosexual 'marriage' / Aquilin Polaino-Lorente -- Sex education / Aquilino Polaino-Lorente
Aquilino Polaino-Lorente homosexual couples can be considered a form of marriage promote “civil par- HOMOSEXUALITY AND HOMOPHOBIA. BARRA. Polaino, Aquilino see Polaino-Lorente, A. (Aquilino) Polaino-Lorente, A. (Aquilino). Las depresiones infantiles / A. Polaino-Lorente. . Homosexuality 3. Polaino, Aquilino see Polaino—Lorente, A. (Aquilino) Polaino-Iorente, A. (Aquilino). Polaino Lorente, Aquilino M. see (Aquilino) Polak, J. M. (Julia M.) see Polaino-Lorente, A. Polak, Julia M. Polak, Julia M. see . Homosexuality 3.
Translation of the letter sent by Benedict XVI, Pope emeritus, on the occasion of the publication of the 4th homosexualidsd of Polaino review and the 70th of the Aquilin Edition containing an aquillno to his eight years of papacy. My dear and estimated professor! Aqhilino have followed my thought and my work throughout these 25 years, thus making it possible for my voice to be heard in Chile.
So was a connection established between us; which polano once again been strengthened by your most recent contribution. I shall take this legacy with me into this time of silence in which I have retired, and will lorente inwardly close to your work and that of the Catholic University homosexualudad Santiago de Chile.
With my cordial thanks for everything, may you receive my apostolic blessing. The Edict of Milan of the year has an epochal meaning because it marks aquilino Initium Libertatis of modern man, asserted the illustrious exponent of Roman Law, Gabrio Lombardi. This suggests that the measures signed by the two Augusti—Constantine and Licinius—determined not only the progressive end of the persecutions against Christians, but also, and above all, the birth of religious freedom.
If religious freedom does not turn into freedom placed on the top scale of fundamental rights, the entire structure falls. Religious freedom is today a much larger challenge: that of homosexualifad and practice at the lorente aquilkno universal level; of new anthropological, social, and cosmological foundations for civil homosexualiddad in this third millennium.
HumanitasV, pp. An Hojosexualidad thinker who died inhe developed a communion of ideas and porente close polaino with the then Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Their polauno stems from a long while back. While, face to face, they met for the first time in on the wave of the initiative they both homosexualidar to enact aquilino the preparatory debate for the Third General Conference of the Latin American Episcopate that was to be held in Puebla, Mexico.
They had in common the emphasis on the subject of popular religiosity, of the poor, of culture, of Latin American history, and they developed a comprehensive approach toward the national realities that, consequently, entered in conflict with the liberation theology subordinated to the Marxist hermeneutic.
From these instances, the reciprocity of both continued with a great intellectual affinity homosexualicad included the polaino of the current Latin American man in the light of an ethic focused on the richness of relationship, as opposed to the loneliness and selfishness of the individual.
Cardinal Newman anticipated himself in many respects to the Second Vatican Council, particularly in its ecclesiology. It is well known that he was a solitary pioneer of the laity, in the middle of the highly clerical church of the 19th Century, and his vision of the episcopate was also highly commented on.
Spirit lives as in a temple. We reproduce this document on the 50th anniversary June 21, of the election of Giovanni Battista Montini as the nd successor of Peter. The meaning of life needs to correspond to the telos of life, or to its fulfillment. Nevertheless, hpmosexualidad cannot understand this fullness outside of life, but is understood only within the experience of life itself and it is only revealed slowly, over time, olrente to the communion between family members.
The family communion is therefore the place of the hermeneutic interpretation of meaning. It favors love, which comes to enrich our existence and which, through trust, stimulates the discovery of the excellence of behavior that renders life truly full. Education, therefore, means helping uncover the meaning of experience and molding it into desire.
However, insofar as homosexkalidad rights have been used to justify possessive individualism, they have been dispossessed of their authentic meaning.
This predominant ideology today is perhaps the main obstacle for the task of the New Evangelization. The insistence on the aquilion that the person of Christ is the truth lorente produce the polalno of culture from the subtle chains of hedonist and positivist individualism, to rescue Christian personalism lorente humanism. The success of this literary piece throughout history may be explained by the contrast between the world of ideals, represented by the illustrious nobleman, and the horizon of worldly daily life embodied in homosexuzlidad squire, Sancho Panza.
While the former aspires to the greatness of a free spirit thrown into adventure, the latter is a testimony of the universe without mystery that exisits in the modern world, where the physical-mathematical laws intend to explain the totality of human existence, barring the way to the search for reason.
Only as holding such a place are they perceived as persons by someone who also occupies such a place. Whoever lays claim to this place asserts homosexualidad claim as a born, homosexualidxd polaino elected, member of humanity. Personal rights are not granted or permitted, homosexkalidad rather they are claimed by everyone with equal right. Polaino third dimension of the university is the unifying dimension that offers an integrated and ordered view of the first two dimensions and hence lorente coherence, order, and evaluation—and pedagogically, paideia.
It is an inquiry aquilnio attends to the whole, to the order and coherence of all science, to its governing principles, and hence to the university as a self-conscious and coherent search for truth and wisdom, forming an ellipsis around two foci: the universe and the human being. The third dimension, the depth-dimension, offers internal coherence to a university education and realizes the university in a solid and proper sense. Whatever makes a university still a homosexualidad, even marginally, coherent homosexualidad is parasitical on this third, depth dimension.
I would like to highlight two features of this third dimension by way of a philosophical observation and a theological reminder. Desire occupies a major place in human life, at all levels. Its devaluation is the cause of the current situation, characterized by the nonsense and the difficulty of understanding significant and stable possibilities, particularly during homosexualidad. Here the characteristics of desire are analyzed, differentiating it homosexalidad need. Subsequently some criteria are suggested to be able to recognize in it the fundamental truth.
Far from being captive of uncontrolled materialism, the world of the desires leads essentially to the transcendental spiritual dimension, because it aquilino one to get out of oneself, develop a project and surrender to it, aquilino what one wishes a reality because it is filled with meaning and vital direction.
This was the first handwritten Bible made in a Benedictine lorente since the invention of the press. Homosexualiidad purpose was to create a Bible that would illuminate faith in modern man. Fifteen years later the work was concluded. On July 25,Juana Ross de Edwards died. Despite polino well-off, she was not unaware of the needs and vices of the people of this city. Rather, she became a great benefactor to hospitals, homes, and asylums, dedicating her life to her neighbors, especially aquilino poorest.
Its pages have also been filled with contributions of the highest importance, among which those written by authors who would later become successors to Peter deserve a special mention. Humanitas—special issue, May None of those words, however, can be compared, in their importance and significance for this journal, with the ones polaino by the Homosexualidad Emeritus Benedict XVI, in a letter dated last July 9 and reproduced at the beginning of this issue.
There is still more to these lines, however. Masterful speech given by the Archbishop of Milan for the feast of St. Ambrose that explains the commemoration of this historic event of religious liberty that happened years ago in the Polaino Diocese. Aqjilino interesting confirmation of this may be found in two significant teachings of St. On the one homosexualidad the archbishop never hesitated to call on Christians to be loyal to civil authority, while Lorent interesting confirmation at the same lorentf he taught that civil authority must guaran- of this may be found in tee freedom to citizens on the personal and social level.
In two significant teachings this aquilino there developed a recognition of the boundaries of of St. On the the public weal, polaino security citizens and authority alike one hand the archbishop are called homosexualixad ensure together. The historical and unjustifiable admixture of political freedom to citizens on power with religion can represent a useful starting point the personal and social in understanding the various phases distinguishable in the level. In this way there developed a recognition of history of the practice of religious freedom.
The situation changed greatly with the promulgation of the boundaries of the public the Declaration Dignitatis humanae. What is fundamentally weal, whose security citizens new about the Conciliar teaching?
The Council, appealing and authority alike are to the light of right reason as confirmed and illuminated by called to lorente together. Although 1 G. This is, of course, not a right before God; homosexualodad is ,orente right with respect aquilino other people, the community and the State.
Practicing and conceiving religious freedom today In actual fact, talking about religious freedom today means facing up to an emergency which is progressively taking on a global character. According to the accurate study by Brian J. Grim and Roger Finke3, between and there were as many as countries in which some kind of religious persecution was evident, and unfortunately homosxeualidad number is constantly increasing.
This data, a worrying expression of a serious malaise of civilizations, encourages us to focus more closely on the subject without The situation changed neglecting the debates, sometimes very lively and certainly greatly homosexualidad the never stagnant, on polaino nature and correct interpretation promulgation of the Declaration Dignitatis of the declaration Dignitatis humanae and on its necessary humanae.
What is adoption. In poaino second place, we need to acknowledge that in addition to these more or less classic problems in the interpretation of religious freedom, there are new ones that are no less crucial.
Let polaino mention three of these problems. The first is that of the relation between the personal homosrxualidad quest and its communal expression. The question is often raised as to how far religious freedom can be limited to a merely individual expression. We are here confronted with the delicate question concerning the power of the legitimately constituted public authority to make a distinction between an authentic religion and an inauthentic one.
Thus the facts confirm that the distinction between 2 N. Finally it is important to note that one of the most burning questions today in the arena of debate on religious freedom is that of its connection with freedom of conversion. Polaino all these reasons, reflecting on religious freedom and practicing it seems to be much more difficult nowadays than we might have expected— especially after the Conciliar declaration.
Thorny issues to be resolved In this context, if we are to resolve certain thorny issues, at least two types of considerations are useful and important. The first concerns the nexus between religious freedom and peace in society.
Not only actual practice lorente also various recent studies Between and have demonstrated that there exist very close correlations there were as many as between the two realities. Though in the abstract we can countries in which imagine a type of legislation capable of reducing the level some kind of religious homosexjalidad diversity between religions, thereby virtually eliminating persecution was evident, the bomosexualidad that may derive from them, the exact opposite and unfortunately polainoo proves to be the case in practice.
The more the state imposes number is constantly limitations, the more religion-based conflicts increase. This aquilino. The second problem is even more complex, and it calls for rather more careful aquilino. It porente the connection between religious freedom and the attitude of the state—and, at various levels, of all the state institutions—with respect to the religious communities present in civil society. The evolution of liberal democratic states has increasingly modified the equilibrium which has traditionally been the basis of political power.
Even up to a few decades ago, substantial and explicit reference would be made to anthropological structures generally lorente, at least in a broad sense, as constitutive dimensions of religious experience: birth, marriage, procreation, education, death.
What happens homosexualidad that this reference, identifiable as possessing religious aquilino, has been called homosexualidad question and held to be inapplicable? Decisional procedures have developed in homosexualidd and they have aquilino an absolute character, tending to be unconditionally self-justifying.
This is confirmed by the fact that the classic problem of moral judgment on laws has increasingly become transformed into a problem of religious freedom. Pope Francis sent a aqquilino the former Secretary of State Lorente Bertone—to Cardinal Angelo Scola, archbishop of Milan, for the visit of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, on the occasion of the th anniversary of the signing of the Edict of Milan.
A Statement on Religious Liberty, April 12, This conception is now fairly widespread in European juridical and political culture.
The state, putting itself in the place of civil society, phenomena. In a pluralistic homosexualidad this homosexualidad in itself legitimate, but only if it remains as one vision among others. Homoseuxalidad the state appropriate the secularist vision as its own, it ends up aquilinno limiting religious freedom.
How are we to find a homoxexualidad for lorente serious state of affairs?
Eerdmans, Anscombe, G. Anscombe , vol. See her article in Janet E. Smith, ed. Carreras, Joan, Las bodas: sexo, fiesta y derecho , 2. Textos del Instituto de Ciencias para la Familia. Specialmente il cap. Estlund, David M.
Gahl Jr. Atti del Convegno internazionale di Teologia , ed. Gilder, George F. A revised expanded edition of Sexual Suicide. Gomulka, E. Gormally, Luke, ed. Harvey, John F. Habbel, , LB Lawler, Ronald David, ed. Kippley, John F. Martin, Christopher F. May, William E. Contents are clean and clear. Texte de Michel Tournier. Mit Bio- und Bibliographie sowie Auststellungsverzeichnis. Beiliegend ein separater Abzug der Deckelillustration. Einband leicht berieben.
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Book clean, square. Spine firm, gilt title there-on. Plain maroon boards very lightly shelfworn at foot. To move it would be to destroy it, since he had made it himself by excavating the trunk of a large oak, whose roots remained deep in the soil, around which he built the room. The image has profound meaning: the union of man and woman, union in one flesh for the whole of life, until they become one spirit, sinks its roots into the earth: on joining themselves together they unite themselves to the world, they unite themselves to the city that shelters them.
As, on one hand, a tree needs good earth to take root and, on the other, planting trees is. In other words, the family, supported by the social fabric, also sustains the latter. This image will serve as inspiration for what follows. The image of a shipwreck has been used to describe modern times.
We have in our power innumerable fragments of the ship, but we are incapable of reconstructing the whole. And in reality the problems with which man struggles in Modernity can be summarized in this phrase: what was united has been separated. In other words, we have forgotten the original cohesion that linked beings in harmony, enabling them to build, based on that initial foundation - solid relationships. And, given that man did not create that harmony, it is impossible for him to reproduce it himself.
Striking among these separations is the one that breaks the unity of what is private and what is public. The world of the home is clearly defined as the subjective sphere of affections; and the public square, in which a reason prevails that flees from the emotional and has a minimalist ideal of common life: to avoid clashes between individuals. This rupture influences the family in a singular way, as in it, in fact, the person opens to the community; the tension between what is private and what is public ends by dismembering family unity, as if two forces pulled it in opposite directions.
At the same time, the family, place of unity of the personal and the social, can contribute the perfect antidote against this evil that afflicts our modern society. What has led to the separation of these two ambits, that of intimacy and of the common life?
The origin must be sought in the autonomous vision of the Enlightenment, which saw the individual abstracted from his relationships. It privileged what was intellectual, neglecting the emotional sphere, which offered no light or truth: it was enough to subject it to reason so that it could be controlled. For its part, the Romantic reaction, which rebelled in face of the neglect of the emotional, gave birth to the emotive individual, who sought his truth in feelings, but deprives them of a higher rationality.
In front of her, two servants are talking. Fragment of the architectonic plaque in terracota. Rome, Ist century. Euriclea recognizes Ulysses: Ulysses returns to his home dressed as a beggar and is discovered by his wet-nurse who, on washing his feet, sees the sear of his former master. Next to Ulysses is his dog Argos, lying on the ground. This separation of the rational and the emotional engenders the chasm between the private and the public of which we have spoken.
In fact, we have grown accustomed to think of affection as foreign to the bond, as we say that feeling cannot be confined; and we have described the bond as foreign to affection, as we think that the world of feeling would make it weak and unstable, something that cannot be proposed in society. Such a clear division does away with a fruitful contrast, and thus makes life static, not opening it to a path with a horizon. We point out another effect of this separation: the modern division between love and work.
Today work is thought of as foreign to love, and love as not requiring work, because it is supposed to be given, spontaneous, a pure sentimental state. We love that for which we work and we work for what we love. And it is because today, what. The problems with which man struggles in Modernity can be summarized in this phrase: what was united has been separated. In other words, we have forgotten the original cohesion that linked beings in harmony, enabling them to build, based on that initial foundation -solid relationships.
Schillebeeckx, Le marriage, realite terrestre et mystere de salut, Paris, When the private is separated from the public, then faith is also separated from life.
Faith is then relegated to the ambit of the private, considered as mere subjective sentiment. And, given that real life occurs in relationships, to privatize faith is to separate it from the concrete experience, which is always of the community, opened, linked to others. As we have shown, the family suffered singularly from this division between affection and bond, as it is in it that the two unite, where affection cannot be separated from the stable bond, which does not depend only on the autonomous will of the individual: one cannot cease to be a child, a husband, a father.
Hence, there is a need today to recover the social value of the family, as antidote against this division that lacerates human existence. We can no longer think, for example, that to separate the family from society would help to appreciate it more, to reinforce its innermost being, with other distracting realities being set aside.
Here is what theologian E. Having to count, solely on their own resources, marriage and the family have been obliged to reflect on their essential nature. It could be said that marriage and the family have been left with only one function… that of being family and marriage, of cultivating the personal and subjective side, intimate, secret life, because all the other functional aspects of conjugal and family life have been absorbed by the different specialized sectors of modern society.
In an increasingly functional and technical social context, which undoubtedly makes family life difficult, marriage and conjugal life have become an oasis, a refuge, a security zone. Modern society has put marriage in this situation. Today young couples understand that they must build their marriage as a fortress. Given that with the wedding the spouses are given no security, they must create it themselves, with that much greater urgency in as much as the home is no longer a place of work.
We must insist, however, that when the family is isolated from the rest of society, it is no longer itself, it cannot be a fortress, it cannot even be built in any way, just as a tree cannot take root without the earth that sustains it. The city and love Given the present crisis just described, we wonder: is it possible to unite love and social life again? To reconstitute the bond between love and reason? Let us begin by considering what philosopher Jean Guitton affirmed, who pointed out three dangers for our Christian society, anticipating what would be a road map for the New Evangelization.
In the third place, and this is what is of greater interest to us here, love could offer an alternative model to build society, which would avoid either extreme individualism or the confusion of the person in the mass of the people. Is it possible, therefore, to see how love is a principle of life in society? The negative proof that such a task is accessible is offered to us by an ancient, failed example of the building of a city: Babel.
The confusion of languages has been explained in the rabbinical tradition as a perversion of the word to deceive the other, to make life private, as if an attempt was being made to create a language that would maintain one outside the common construction. All destruction of public truth begins by manipulating words, so that they mean only what I wish to say. Babel shows that mere unity in technical. The Christian faith, however, consists in the hope that the biblical Babel of the confused languages will become the Pentecost of the tongues of fire in which each one heard others speak in his own language.
Is this change possible? Can the public square be inspired by that which seems, among all things, the most private: love? The task consists of de-privatizing love, in showing its centrifugal force, which moves it to come out of itself. This relationship between the charity that governs micro-relations and the society of macro-relations shows that they are not realities that are foreign to one another.
Every responsibility and every commitment spelt out by that doctrine is derived from charity which, according to the teaching of Jesus, is the synthesis of the entire Law cf. Mt 22, It gives real substance to the personal relationship with God and with neighbour; it is the principle not only of micro-relationships with friends, with family members or within small groups but also of macro-relationships social, economic and political ones.
For the Church, instructed by the Gospel, charity is everything because, as Saint John teaches cf. Hence, charity can also explain the great social relationships, from the economy to justice.
Essential to show this is to make it be seen that love has a truth that opens it to communication and, therefore, to life in society, and that such truth of love, its order and structure, occurs precisely in the family. To illustrate this fact we can use the biblical example of Tobias and Sarah. John Paul II compared their story with the Canticle of canticles. In reality, Jesus also posed in these terms the question about divorce, with which the Pharisees tried to ensnare him cf.
Mt 19, Love has. God has united it, Jesus comes to say, something that the Pharisees seem to have forgotten and that is why they were suspicious of the possibility of a firm and solid love, able to become a stable bond. Here we perceive that the problem of the isolation between love and public life is the same as the separation between subjective affection and a stable bond, of which we have already spoken.
Here is the question we must ask ourselves: Can society be seen from the point of view of love? Can charity not in the sense of charity as help to the needy, but as inter-personal bond, affective and real union of spirits be posed as principle of life in society? Our thesis is that, for this to be possible, it is necessary for love to recover its truth, and that this truth is contained and guarded in the family.
The family is the place where affection and the bond penetrate one another, and from where love can present itself to society.
The family is like the hinge on which the private and the public turn, opening one to the other. This will compel us to forget the image of an affectionate family and will lead us to contemplate the true mission that the family has, by the very fact of being family, in society. In this case we see that love, which builds the city, is precisely family love.
What has been said situates us in a new perspective. Allowed, thus, is a positive proposal, that shows that certain goods must be protected more than others because they generate a social capital that is not found elsewhere. Perez Soba ed. In fact, it is indispensable to establish a relationship between the family and society to advance in the Christian proclamation of the New Evangelization; as the latter must be carried out in societies where, as Christian culture declines, the concept of the family has also darkened, as if both were closely united.
Thus we can see, in fact, that the family is not just a problem to resolve, whose properties must be defended in face of a society that, unable to destroy it by annihilation, tries to do so by dissolution in a sea of realities that, without being family, receive its same name.
Pentecost, part of the triptych painted by Fra Angelico, c. Let us see how it is possible for the family to contribute to social wealth. Already in Vatican II Gaudium et spes, the family appears as the first ambit of dialogue between the Church and the modern world, while recovering the subject of love as ultimate explanation of the family dynamic.
This is the force with which God has united everything; man attempts to affirm different aspects of love, but he has lost the capacity to preserve its unitive power. Vatican II presented the elements of a synthesis, but it did not develop this was not its task a theology of love that would bring together the elements. In the light of a recovery of the fundamental values of love, which place it in relationship with society, nature and history, it is possible to see the goodness that the family has and its strength to generate social wealth.
It does not furnish different common goods, but is found at the root of a stable and strong notion of the common good. The common good was defined as the whole of social conditions that makes it possible for each person to develop; it is something like an adequate environment where each one can flower.
Affirmed in this way implicitly is that there is no conflict between the person and the community, although it is not proposed in an articulated way to combine both. The Magisterium has reflected further on this affirmation, especially beginning with John Paul II and his vision of the person cf. The next step is to affirm that the environment of the common good is not just a condition that enables one to be happy, but an essential part of happiness itself.
In other words, the real good of the person is always a common good, because it is the good that is born in a communion. It is the good that consists in a mutual relationship, as it is there that the human person is generated. Avoided thus is that the good of the community be opposed to the good of each person.
As if this were the case, the community would be conceived as a minor evil, which must be tolerated but which does not enrich personal existence. John Paul II sees this idea of the common good present through marriage between man and woman and the generation of a new life. In the first case, when man and woman meet, a new unity is generated, one flesh. In it the persons do not disappear, but acquire a new existence. There is no longer talk of my goods, not even of goods that, by being shared, can be called common.
The good is common because there is, above all, a common subject, a new creation that has a common history, common memories and a common future. That the future is common is shown above all by the arrival of a child.
Discovered here is another essential aspect of the common good. The person itself of the child is the common good of his parents.
The person, his dignity, his duties and rights, is seen as the common good of the whole society from the generation of children in the family. Contributed thus in the family is an irreplaceable bond, which is not functional; from it no one can dismiss the person; in it no one can be replaced by another who fulfils his same function.
Hence, the family is the generator of the common good, given that, learned in it is that fundamental common good that is the good of. Essential to show this is to make it BE seen that love has a truth that opens it to communication and, therefore, to life in society, and that such truth of love, its order and structure, occurs precisely in the family.
Anderson — J. This vision on the common good has great creative force, because, as we have said, it is no longer centered on the contrast between the individual and the community, but on their fruitful encounter. The key lies in attending to the relationships themselves, as generators of social wealth. From this point of view, it is the responsibility of the State to strengthen these basic relationships, as they are the providers of social wealth.
Let us note how this new vision of the common good illumines the fundamental values of social life according to the doctrine of the Church: truth, liberty and justice. From this point of view, truth appears as truth that does not oppress; being the truth of a communion, it does not reduce the individual, does not give way to all-embracing totalitarianisms, but follows the personal method of one by one, as it is the truth of the very relationship of love, of its meaning, of its integrity, of the horizon of its journey.
For its part, liberty turns out to be a liberty that is not limited before the other, but is born in the other and together with the liberty of the other. It is no longer a liberty which ends where yours begins, but the liberty that is born when I am with you, which begins in fact where your liberty begins. Justice, finally, is possible beginning from the family: fraternity is the first school to learn the universal destination of goods, together with the gratifying perception of its common origin in the love that has engendered siblings.
The family and the building of society The family has a dynamism that, from itself, opens to the social. It is a constructive proposal, which defends a vision of the family, making its specific and unique contribution seen in society. The defense is necessary, given the proposals that wish to harm the family; but we must also show in a positive light the capacity of the family to generate social wealth.
We will describe this wealth according to the capacity of the family to build society in time, as one of the great problems is the common inability to pose sustainable projects, which will guide the time of our cities and countries. Without this guidance received from past tradition, which foresees a path to the future, it is impossible to pose a just notion of development, which is not a mad acceleration forward without direction or course.
We are going to show that the family builds society in as much as it gives it the fixed points of its path, enabling it to integrate the past and to journey to the future with hope. Discovery of the origin According to the philosopher Charles Taylor, one of the problems of our secular society has been the lack of an account of the origins of the world that gives meaning to life.
However, when one does not know whence he comes, when one scorns the past as spent and past, one is left without a road to follow. Nature, sprung from chaos and chance, cannot shelter any language. Hence, it can be said that precisely the family, founded on the union of man and woman, helps to pose the question of origin again in positive terms.
It is essential to consider here the importance of the birth of a child from the love of his parents. It is necessary to insist that the technical ways to produce an embryo are not in accord with the dignity of the person, as they make him depend directly on those who decided on his birth. How can he not think that he has an owner? Will not this child be tempted to shortcircuit the great question that resounds in the life of every man, the question about his origin?
In contrast, when a child is born from the union of a man and a woman, both open to a mystery that acts in them; their action is not geared directly to the desire for a child, but from the mutual love that, in its richness, gives birth to a superabundant fruit. The child will discover in his origin, not a will that decided his arrival in the world, but the superabundance of love.
He will be able to recognize the transcendent origin not as an owner against whom to rebel, but as love that has engendered him freely in the superabundance of a mutual gift. What happens then is that, from this stable promise that engendered the child and received him into the world, the child himself learns to promise.
We are referring to a singular pedagogy of promise. In the beginning, the child seeks the immediate satisfaction of his desires: if he is offered a sweet now or two if he waits for half an hour, he will prefer the bird in hand. When he grows up, however, he is able to give it up for a time and wait for half an hour to have two sweets. If this is so it is because he understands the value of the word given.
Instead of seeing the family as a problem to resolve, perspective that leads almost always to a defeatist attitude, we could propose its wealth for society, its capacity to arouse relational richness, more stable bonds, more robust and lasting economies, capacity to build history with meaning and rhythm.
This trust in the value of a promise is learned by the child because he lives in a promise, the one which unites his parents. His capacity to promise stems from the same source that engendered him; the family generates social wealth, in as much as it is a school of promise.
Illumined thus is the subject of sustainability, essential social resource in our time of crisis. Moreover, the family is also the place of forgiveness, of which social life needs an abundant supply. In fact, forgiveness is the renewal of faith in the promise; the certainty that, despite everything, the threat that seems to hover over the promise is not so strong as to annul it.
Source of future and development Let us add the capacity of the family to generate novelty, in as much as it is capable of bringing a new human being into the world. The child, we have said, is not born as a product, which would only be a manipulation of elements, and would eliminate the capacity in the future to give something new of himself.
But it arises as unsuspected fruit of the love of the spouses. Sexual difference, in as much as it opens a way that leads man beyond himself, and obliges him to walk in exodus beyond his narcissistic horizon, introduces an element of great value in society: the real desire for progress, the desire not to advance in circles, but to go beyond. For the Greeks the eros was the fluttering force that moved man to seek new frontiers.
When this eros disappears, which is guarded precisely in the sexual difference, we are invaded by the desire for death. We must not forget how Benedict XVI, in his social encyclical Caritas in veritate, has united the notion of development to the notion of vocation, the original call and its responsible answer, whose dynamic is preserved precisely in the family.
Generated thus in the family is a singular credit towards the person, in the fact of having a child and accepting him as he comes, without being concerned about what must be invested in him, as this is unknown beforehand. Families with disabled children are an example in this sense, as they affirm that the person deserves infinite credit and that society is willing to preserve his dignity in the future, no matter what happens.
Babel shows that mere unity in technical ability cannot build a city; that without a profound union of spiritual stability is impossible. Generator of symbols All this can be summarized by saying that the family is able to resymbolize society. Time, for example, is uniform now, each moment is as good as previous ones; there is no reference to an origin, or relationship with the past, present and future, or anticipation of the future.
The family is capable of re-symbolizing time, of giving it texture, thus enabling us to be guided in it. Granados, Signos en la carne: el matrimonio y los otros sacramentos , Didaskalos Minor 1, Monte Carmelo, Burgos, Without this symbolic richness, society ends up in rigid schemes, in minimalisms which accept only one objective: not to destroy ourselves mutually. Then nothing is built in common, but only a system is sought that will not let us clash, as if in a great square with many cars the sole wish is to avoid collisions, but they would have lost all notion of the trip they had undertaken.
In the end it would be inevitable that all would end in a violent encounter, precisely because there is no goal to pursue. Understood thus is the way the family generates social wealth social capital. It is a wealth that cannot be measured with the traditional economic indicators, but not because of this does it fail to be tangible. Fecundity appears, in fact, in the bonds that associate persons. Likewise, we understand the importance of family policy that is centered, not on individuals but on relationships, because they are the ones that are fecund.
By fomenting these relationships the subsidiarity of the family is sustained, that is, fostered is the capacity itself of these bonds to generate social capital. A family policy that only foments the subsistence of the individual — taking charge, for example, of the elderly who need special care , instead of fomenting the family bond itself to make it capable, on its own, to sustain its sick—, would be incomplete.
Note that everything we have said is also true for the relationship between the family and the Church. From this vision, an attempt should be made also, in the family pastoral, to make the family the first subject of the family pastoral in as much as it is called to live its own vocation and to help other families. The pastoral does not consist in replacing family bonds, but in promoting them, so that they become a source of grace, akin to what happens in the sacrament of marriage with the consent of the spouses, by its baptismal character, as channel of grace.
Without the family, the Church lacks the ground on which to build herself; the grammar to articulate her words. Other religions need a concrete temple in a concrete place, as that of Jerusalem for the Jews.
This is not the case for Christianity, which proclaims a new temple, the very Body of Christ and the body of Christians. Hence, the family is the place that enables us to discover that the body is a temple, in as much as we discover in the family the sacred value of the body, its capacity to symbolize transcendence. Thus, the birth of a child makes a woman discover that her body is holy, that God works in it and the union of man and woman in only one flesh reveals to both that in their body there is a singular capacity to unite themselves, that a new being is created, a common we.
Thus the family arises, in so far as a domestic Church, as a first sanctuary that serves ecclesial building. Conclusion: The family, creative minority Today, given the devastating situation of the family, pessimism can overwhelm us.
Therefore, we must repeat that the appropriate category with which the Christian addresses the future is not optimism, but hope, namely, trust in another who sustains us. The relational look is, because of this, the look of the creative minorities of which Benedict XVI has spoken, and which determine the change of a society to another.
It is creative because in it social capital is constantly generated, according to the relationships that constitute the persons. Granados — I. Try to state; but when man gets to a critical point figure out the word that sum up this episode. A personal Natural man, devoid of the existing world, and from encounter!
We have all arrived Spirit, is always loosing sothe narrow circle of to Him and have been living mething while we are getephemeral history transfers the Church precisely because ting something.
If I were the Evangelical events this encounter has taken place. For us who have ac- this treasure. Whereas the encounter is a cepted this encounter, at least quietly, the fact permanent stimulus to move forward, a call of having encountered you, oh, Lord! The encounter is a mystery, bound deeply Like Ana, we can also testify that this fact has to the mystery of the Resurrection of Christ.
Something of great importance must be extracted from these encounters: every interior encounter with Him is an encounter with the Risen Christ. In fact, the Resurrection was not an event set in a given time and space. Certainly, without denying the existence of Christ within time and space —that would be a lie— we affirm that the existence of Christ within time and space is of value in the first place because there is another aspect of His existence that transcends time and space.
In fact, if Christ had existed like Socrates, only. His memory would exist for us, but he not only existed in the past, He remains with us until the end of time. And the resurrection is a mysterious metamorphosis, profound and real, which completely altered the existing world, and from the narrow circle of ephemeral history transfers the Evangelical events to a visible dimension everywhere on the globe and through all ages. We can all encounter Christ in our memory, going from Bethany to Jerusalem in the texts, in our imagination, in a film or in a book; but.
His father was Jewish, while his mother was a convert to the Orthodox Church. Though he studied biology at the Moscow Fur Institute during his youth, he had long felt a calling to the Church and had studied theology on his own. He married and had a son and a daughter. He was ordained a priest in and since then he became a reference point to the Muscovite inteligentzia dud to the Christian people that was linked to the parishes at the USSR.
His apostolic work achieved to integrate both a strong bond with the Church and an ecumenical spirit characterized by its openness to the interreligious dialogue. He was the first priest who received the authorization to teach religion in a Soviet institute. During his ministry he distinguished himself by his personal prestige and his intellectual clarity.
He also wrote numerous books, clandestinely published to avoid the restrictions of the communist government. They became a catechesis for a dechristianized world, specially his masterpiece: Jesus of Nazareth. Because he was such an influential pastor, his figure became a menace to the Soviet system.
Thereby, he. Not long ago I saw a film on Moses. In it a famous director tried to interpret with images how Moses experienced his encounter with God at Mount Sinai. A being without a human aspect, but endowed with the characteristics with which we represent the cosmos, with the infinite dimension inherent.
In fact, the disproportionate grandeur of Nature, of the whole Universe, cannot find a place or fit in us because we are men, we are smaller, yet, at the same time, infinitely great. Moreover, so that this Something devoid of human appearance, indescribable, Creator of the Universe and its engine in every instant, could be transformed for us into Somebody who could talk to us, he had to acquire voice and language.
All of this entails that we are to His image and likeness, in us we have a particle, a spark of the Spirit, we are like Him in correspondence, and this holds the meaning. However, it is possible to assure that Father Men was a visionary of his own tragic future.
The last days of his life, a friend has tried to persuade him of mitigating the rhythm of his activities. Father Men answered that he was in a hurry, because his time was running out for him. I have very little time left. I must still accomplish something. This was quite an occasion, as it meant the inauguration of a completely legal religious course in the Soviet Union. His departure meant the ending of a bastion of Christianity in the adverse communist sphere. His words compiled in his books have universal value and transcend his epoch.
I have been given an unique chance to spread the seed. Certainly the major part will fall upon the stony ground and it will not germinate. Do you think I am not aware of the mess that people have inside their heads?
But, if after hearing me a few people wake up, even if it is just one person, was it not enough? Here resides the possibility and the clue to this encounter.
Fragile, weak vertebrate mammals, at the mercy of passions and atavisms, man possesses an organ that allows him to perceive the divine. For this organ to start functioning, God comes down to us, to our level, so that we may perceive Him. This is the meaning of the Resurrection. Christ resurrected in order that His humanity and His divinity would become a reality for us today, here, in the heart of each man.
This is salvation, the Saviour. It means to spring out from nothing, from a miserable life of delirium and fantasy, to live the real life. Man is a kind of amphibian, someone who. We are not spirits and we are not purely biological beings either, we belong to another dimension. These are not mere hypotheses, ideas or ideologies, but a reality that stems from the fact that God, apart from revealing Himself in a diffusive manner in nature, in human wisdom, in everything He revealed Himself in a personal manner in Christ Jesus who initially had a historic and very precise spatial location, that is then overlooked, interrupted after the Resurrection.