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Available from Justin Press, Ottawa, October, 2012 http://www.justinpress.ca/A collection of Michael D. O’Brien’s essays, reviews, and interviews examining the integral role of culture in the new evangelization: where we are gaining ground and where we are losing—and why.
Michael D. O’Brien talk at Trinity-Kolbe Academy, California, November, 2011,“Catholic Fiction in an Age of Illusions”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qqrn0h4e7Y Michael D. O’Brien interview with Fr. Joseph Fessio, publisher of Ignatius Press, November, 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Qgp4zpyWlc
“liberal” and “conservative” reactions to Caritas in Veritate
Pope Benedict’s encyclical cuts across all ideological lines, calling all mankind to an examination of conscience regarding our fundamental approach to the meaning of the human person. He does not speak about mankind in the abstract, not as “the masses”, not as geopolitical statistics or economic utilities, but as the entire community of human beings in this world, each possessing inherent rights and duties. We are, he says, “the Family of Man.” Thus, the encyclical challenges human enterprises of every sort to see farther and deeper than we have until now, to understand that the development of a truly human world can only be based in solidarity with all members of the community: “The truth of development consists in its completeness: if it does not involve the whole man and every man, it is not true development.” (C in V, n. 18) The Pope warns that globalization’s principle new feature, the “explosion of worldwide interdependence,” presents colossal risks, for “without the guidance of charity in truth, this global force could cause unprecedented damage and create new divisions within the human family.” (C in V, n. 33).
Adapted from an article published in the Summer, 1991, issue of Communio, a journal of theology and culture.
As power extends its grasp into wider and wider rings of human life it becomes more hostile to everything outside of itself. As it becomes near absolute it grows increasingly negative, because by its very nature it must oppose what cannot be extinguished in men’s beings. Totalitarian power does not rest content with obedience and a passive populace. It must seek at some point to destroy the inner impulse to creativity which depends for its well-being on freedom from manipulation. It must find and erase all resistance, all spiritual autonomy, all dignity in its subjects.
The following article was published by the international news service Lifesite News, 27 October, 2011
Michael O’Brien comments on Vatican call for ‘world financial authority’
There is, apparently, much that is good in the “Note on Financial Reform…” from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. However, while its author(s) seem to draw upon the fundamental principles of the major social encyclicals of the past 120 years, the problem is what they do with the material. In short, they take it and run wild with it:
Father at Night is a collection of my personal stories and reflections on the vocation of fatherhood, its challenges, triumphs, defeats, consolations, humour, sorrows and joys lived in circumstances ranging from difficult to impossible. “… the family seems at times … Continue reading →
During the Aug. 19-20 annual LifeSiteNews staff meeting in Barry’s Bay, Ontario, Catholic novelist and artist Michael O’Brien presented a talk highlighting spiritual emphasis related to the work of LifeSiteNews. The talk was spiritually challenging and placed our work in a profound perspective, one closer to the truth than our day-to-day perceptions grasp. Following are excerpts from Michael O’Brien’s comments that began following a request for him to share whatever insights he had for us, related to his extensive European travels and meetings with many leaders over the past year.