The Partial Collapse of the Critique of Biopower Under the Weight of the Pandemic

The tensions within liberalism—which seem always to boil down to the “‘bodily’ mediation [of power] between the sovereignty of the State and the self-will of the individual”[1]—have once again come into relief, this time under the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic. The question of the deployment of a mandate for the vaccine against COVID-19 is … Lire la suite

Remembering and Misremembering Vatican II

I. Remembering Vatican II On a sunny October 11, 1962 I stood, with countless others, in the vast Saint Peter’s Square, observing the last untroubled procession of the counter-Reformation Church, as mitered prelates wended their way into the Basilica for the solemn inauguration of the Second Vatican Council. I was a seminarian, recently arrived in … Lire la suite

The Nine Billion Names of God

Arthur Clarke’s 1952 sci-fi story, “The Nine Billion Names of God,” tells the story of two cynical Manhattan computer programmers in the early days of the industry, who were hired by Tibetan monks to write a program to spit out every possible permutation of a sequence of random letters. According to their Tibetan belief, when all … Lire la suite

Returning to the House of the Father

Giovanni Testori: The truth is that man today does not say it—maybe he is afraid to say it—but he feels a terrible nostalgia to return home to the house of the Father. And then the Mother is there, with Christ, to form the shelter, the home, the Church. From there, as I said before, I … Lire la suite

Love to the Very End: A Theology of Dementia

Dementia is an illness that has affected the lives of most of us in one way or another. It is heart-wrenching to watch someone you know and love slowly fade away, not to mention the mental anguish that people with dementia themselves often experience. Yet, at the same time, they are still “with us” even … Lire la suite