possible in today's world?
April - June 2023 - no 19 2023/2
The fact is that
a significant part
of humanity lives,
what can be described as,
a dark night of God,
seems to be absent
and is not seen or felt.
How do we speak about God in our western society when God has become almost ‘foreign’, even from people’s own self-awareness? Among those reflecting on this question is Canadian philosopher, Charles Taylor, author of A Secular Age (2007). Francesco Cosentino, professor of theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University and officer of the Vatican Secretariat of State, reflects on Taylor’s contribution.
Enrique Cambón has been a professor in several Latin American and European institutions, and an author of numerous publications, including an essay entitled, An absent God who disturbs and provokes (Effatà Ed. 2019). We asked Cambón to speak to the central hypothesis of this work for our Ekklesia readers.
“Transmitting the faith" is not, in the final analysis, a question of methods and content. Rather, it starts from a living experience of God's presence through which a journey of discovery can begin. Such an experience cannot be manufactured. The author is currently a pastoral care coordinator in the Hildesheim (Germany) diocese.
Claudio Maino is a priest from the diocese of Puglia, Italy, who works with youth and in seminary formation. He speaks here about his service and commitment to the new generations. One of his basic convictions? Avoid a mentality of ‘community formation’ for youth. Rather, focus on the community ‘allowing itself to be formed’ by its youth as well.
Rev. Professor Dr Ioan Sauca has been one of the most influential members of the World Council of Churches in recent decades. From 2014 to 2020, Sauca was deputy general secretary of the WCC and later its acting general secretary from 2020 to late 2022. This article is an excerpt from the concluding part of a February 2023 talk given at the University of Fribourg, in which he reflected on his years dedicated to the ecumenical journey.