Professor explains Pope Francis’ ‘Amoris Lætitia’

first_imgIn Pope Francis’ new document “Amoris Lætitia,” he reflects on families and places an emphasis on the complexities of the different lives people lead. In this document, Francis reminds the Church to avoid judgment where there is a lack of understanding of these complexities.Candida Moss, professor of theology, said one of the goals of the document, which translates into English as “The Joy of Love,” is to give spiritual guidance to members of the Catholic Church.“The most important take away is that Francis is profoundly pastoral,” Moss said in an email interview. “He wants to meet people where they are, and he is especially attentive to the problems that affect Catholic families in the developing world.”According to an article titled “Top Ten Takeaways from ‘Amoris Lætitia’” in America Magazine, an important theme in the document is that divorced and remarried Catholics should be more integrated into the Church.“This seems to me to be primarily about tone and about signaling to the divorced and remarried that they are welcoming,” Moss said. “This isn’t a blanket invitation to participate in the Eucharist, but Francis is especially concerned with encouraging the divorced and remarried to bring their children to church.”In “Amoris Lætitia,” Frances focuses on family, saying all members are invited to live good, Christian lives because no one is excluded from God’s love. Moss said though the document highlights the theme of acceptance, this does not mean an obliteration of traditional Catholic values.“Francis is all about inviting everyone into the Church, but this doesn’t mean that it’s an ‘anything goes’ era,” Moss said. “As has been widely reported, he speaks about respecting the dignity of LGBT people and says that discrimination and violence must be rejected, but he followed these statements with strong denouncements of same-sex marriage.”Other important points the document covers include the denouncement of the term “living in sin” and Francis’ advice that children should be educated in “God’s plan” for human sexuality. Francis also emphasizes a theme of cultural relativism by saying that the magisterium — the church’s teaching office — does not have an answer for every question because solutions vary between geographic locations based on the area’s cultural and traditional needs.Moss said among this theme of acceptance, the Catholic definition of a family still remains unchanged.“The only time when he talks about the shape of the family is when he talks about the family as more than the nuclear family as incorporating uncles, cousins, grandparents, etc.” Moss said. “This isn’t a new model of the family for any South American Catholic like Francis, and it’s not a new model for the Church historically.”Moss said while “Amoris Lætitia” sheds light on some new elements of Catholic teaching, overall Francis is mainly reemphasizing Catholic thought.“Certainly there are elements — like his disapproval of helicopter parenting and promotion of sex education — that are new,” Moss said. “But while it is lengthy, broad and detailed, it doesn’t mark a profound shift in church teaching. Francis’s compassionate tone might seem novel, but I’m sure Jesus would like the credit for the spirit of the statement, ‘Who am I to judge?’”Tags: Amoris Laetitia, family, Pope Francis, The Joy of Lovelast_img read more

MasterCard tries out ‘selfie pay’ for online purchases

first_imgFor the selfie generation, it might be the perfect way to pay.MasterCard is trying out a new technology that lets online shoppers authorize a transaction with a snapshot of their face instead of a password.“As the world gets increasingly digital, this will be the next wave of technology that will change the consumer experience of shopping digitally,” says Ajay Bhalla, president of enterprise security solutions for MasterCard. “It’s all part of our role in making commerce available anywhere, any time, on any digital device.”More than 200 employees of First Tech Federal Credit Union in the U.S. are taking part in a two-month pilot, through October, in which they verify who they are with either the scan of a fingerprint or a smartphone selfie. A similar trial is taking place in the Netherlands. continue reading » 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

3 ways leaders can boost workplace optimism in summer

first_imgAs summertime gets into full swing it can be incredibly hard to keep your workforce optimistic and motivated. Most of your employees have dreams of the beach and sunny skies on their minds, as opposed to the workload in front of them. As a leader, it’s your responsibility to maintain a productive work environment. Here are three tips for keeping your employees engaged and optimistic not only during summer, but the whole year through.Maintain focusWhen children are in summer camps and vacations are on the horizon, it’s natural for employees to have distractions. It’s important you check in with them periodically to ensure that they are keeping track with the work that needs to be done. Help them to prioritize items that are time sensitive. Also, if your organization’s workload lessens during the summer months, be sure to give your employees purpose.Be flexibleIf you provide your staff with adequate time-off, they will be incredibly appreciative and also stronger employees. When professionals are given incentives, they feel valued and understood. So, if an employee requests a reasonable amount of time off, needs to leave early for a personal reason, or simply wants to take a walk when the weather’s nice, be flexible and agreeable.Concentrate on connectingSummer can be a great time for reconnecting with your staff on a personal level. If things are slow in the office, take time to engage with them and encourage open communication. You don’t have to always take them out to lunch, but even just the action of reaching out and checking in can make a huge difference in their morale. 47SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: Details read more

Sign of the primes

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Indonesia’s debt to swell further in 2021 to finance economic recovery

first_imgThe government has relaxed the state budget deficit ceiling of 3 percent of GDP, a cap introduced after the 1998 Asian financial crisis, which has never before been exceeded. The government has chosen to exceed the limit to fight the health, social and economic impacts of the pandemic.However, the law that has allowed the government to circumvent the ceiling stipulates that the government must reinstate the 3 percent cap by 2023.“Our fiscal policy for next year is speeding up economic recovery and strengthening sectoral reforms to prevent us from falling into the middle-income trap,” Febrio said.The government expects the economy to grow between 4.5 percent and 5.5 percent in 2021 and projects this year’s growth will hover between 2.3 percent and negative 0.4 percent. Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, however, said this year’s growth looked more likely to be within the range of zero to 1 percent as the second-quarter economy was projected to shrink by 3.1 percent.Read also: U-shape economic recovery to take place until Q1 of 2021: BataviaIndonesia booked its lowest GDP growth in 19 years in the first quarter: 2.97 percent. The coronavirus outbreak forced people to stay at home, disrupting business and economic activity.Fitch Ratings director for sovereigns and supranationals Thomas Rookmaker expected Indonesia’s government debt ratio to swell to 38 percent by the end of the year, adding that it would still be below the BBB rating peer median of 53 percent of GDP.”A rapid increase in public debt resulting from rising budget deficits is a negative rating sensibility from our last review when we affirmed Indonesia’s rating at BBB with a stable outlook, but that was before the coronavirus pandemic,” Rookmaker told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. The key question from a ratings perspective is how the government will use the fiscal space and what impact it will have on Indonesia’s medium-term public finances, he said.”Indonesia has a policy record of fiscal prudence supported by the political spectrum. This gives credibility to the authorities to return public finance back to their pre-crisis track and could be supportive of the rating,” Rookmaker stated.Read also: GDP to contract by 3.1% in Q2 on COVID-19 headwindsWorld Bank senior economist for Indonesia Ralph van Doorn said last month that the country’s debt would rise to 37 percent of GDP this year, driven by an increase in borrowing to cover for the widening budget deficit and to cope with the economic slowdown and rupiah exchange rate depreciation.“Indonesia must maintain its hard-earned market confidence, which can be lost very easily, as credit rating agencies have signaled concerns [about debts] in the medium term,” Van Doorn said.“It must reinstate the deficit ceiling and end Bank Indonesia’s partial financing of the deficit” after the virus threat subsides, he added.Topics : The government expects the budget deficit to reach 6.34 percent of GDP this year to cover a Rp 695.2 trillion (US$49.23 billion) stimulus package. In 2021, the government expects the budget deficit to hover between 3.05 percent and 4.01 percent.Read also: Indonesia’s foreign debt rises in April as govt issues global bonds, debt papersThe government is planning to issue another Rp 990 trillion worth of government bonds from June to December this year to finance the widening deficit. It had sold Rp 369 trillion worth of government bonds as of May, an increase of 98.3 percent from the same period last year. Next year’s state budget figures are still under discussion.“The government realizes that fiscal discipline is crucial to speed up economic recovery,” Febrio added. “We expect the budget deficit will be able to return below 3 percent in 2022.” Indonesia’s debt will swell significantly next year as the government increases spending to help the country recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, an official has said.The Finance Ministry’s Fiscal Policy Agency head Febrio Nathan Kacaribu said that Indonesia’s debt-to-gross domestic product (GDP) ratio would swell to between 33.8 percent and 35.8 percent next year, up from 29.8 percent at the end of last year, to cover a widening budget deficit during the pandemic.“This is a direct consequence of a countercyclical policy to support economic recovery and strengthen economic fundamentals in 2020 and 2021,” Febrio said at a discussion on Wednesday. “We will continue to look at various financing sources to maintain the health of the debt ratio.”last_img read more