Category: See Judge Act

  • See, discern, act: Back to the future

    See, discern, act: Back to the future

    Addressing French Specialised Catholic Action movements in January 2022, Pope Francis drew a parallel between the “judge” process that is the second step of the see-judge-act and the process of discernment.

  • Shedding light on what we see with Oscar Romero

    Shedding light on what we see with Oscar Romero

    The Romero Trust great Sunday has published a beautiful reflection from St Oscar Romero, illustrating his use of the see-judge-act method.

  • Léon Ollé-Laprune & the origin of the See-Judge-Act

    Léon Ollé-Laprune & the origin of the See-Judge-Act

    Here is the video and slides of my Australian Cardijn Institute webinar talk on Léon Ollé-Laprune and the origins of the See-Judge-Act. Slides

  • Young domestic workers at Vatican II

    Young domestic workers at Vatican II

    Young domestic workers at Vatican II? Unless they were serving any of the 2500 Council Fathers and 500-odd periti and other officials, there were certainly no young domestic workers there. 

  • See, judge, act… with the Laymen’s League of New York

    See, judge, act… with the Laymen’s League of New York

    In 1911, the Laymen’s League of New York organised social study groups using an early form of the see-judge-act.

  • Paulo Freire and the Jocist movements

    Paulo Freire and the Jocist movements

    Today, 19 September 2021, we celebrate the centenary of the birth of the great Brazilian educator, Paulo Freire, known for his book, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, which described the literacy education programs he had developed for promoting critical consciousness and action among the poor.

  • 2021 in anniversaries

    2021 in anniversaries

    As the new year dawns, it’s time to glance at the significant anniversaries Cardijn and Cardijn-movement anniversaries that are coming up in 2021.

  • Young Léon Ollé-Laprune

    Young Léon Ollé-Laprune

    Today, I’d just like to share a “new” or in fact very old photo of French philosopher, Léon Ollé-Laprune (above top left), that I have “found” on the web.

  • Blessed Oscar Romero and the See, Judge, Act

    Blessed Oscar Romero and the See, Judge, Act

    Archbishop Oscar Romero is reputed to have been greatly influenced by the assassinated Jesuit, Fr Rutilio Grande, who had learned the Cardijn methods while studying in Brussels.

  • Plus ça change: Synod bishops battle the See Judge Act

    Plus ça change: Synod bishops battle the See Judge Act

    Several working groups at the current Synod on the Family are questioning the utility of the method for an “ecclesial document”, according to press reports.

  • See Judge Act: From John XXIII to Pope Francis

    See Judge Act: From John XXIII to Pope Francis

    Great to see the Synod bishops following the See Judge Act method in their work as their Mid-Term Report shows. But as we’ve seen previously, there seems to be confusion in some minds over where the method came from.

  • The roots of the Suenens-Cardijn conflict

    The roots of the Suenens-Cardijn conflict

    We have seen previously that Suenens-Cardijn tensions date back at least to 1953 when Suenens wrote to Legion of Mary founder Frank Duff reacting to what he interpreted as Cardijn’s criticism of the Legion of Mary.

  • The emergence of the “jocist method”

    We have seen in these pages that Cardijn’s See Judge Act method had many historical antecedents. As I also have mentioned previously, the earliest specific reference to the See Judge Act that I have been able to trace is in the 1930 pamphlet La JOC et la détresse intellectuelle et morale de jeunes travailleurs. The same…

  • Facts, principles, solutions: Victoire Cappe 1911

    Even before she met Cardijn, Victoire Cappe had started to make a name for herself as an emerging trade union leader. Born in 1886, four years after Cardijn, she was only twenty when she founded Le Syndicat de l’Aiguille at Liege in 1907 under the influence of a local priest, Abbé Paisse. See my article here.…

  • Found! Cardijn’s “lost” See Judge Act article of 1914

    According to Lucie Bragard, Marguerite Fiévez and Jacques Meert, Cardijn claimed to have written a first draft of his famous See Judge Act method in a “now lost” 1914 article in Dutch entitled “Hoe kan een studiekring werken naar buiten?”, which means roughly “How does a study circle function or work?” Here is what they…

  • See, judge, act at Vatican II

    It has often been noted that the Vatican II document Gaudium et Spes follows what is sometimes called “the inductive method”, starting from the bottom and moving up from the specific to the general. In fact, after its opening paragraphs, Gaudium et Spes does commence in Paragraph 4 with an overview of the world situation.…

  • French prudence during World War I

    French prudence during World War I

    AD Sertillanges’ analysis of the virtue of prudence does indeed pre-date his 1916 book on the moral philosophy of St Thomas.

  • Seek, Judge, Act – the Sertillanges side of the story

    Seek, Judge, Act – the Sertillanges side of the story

    The story of Dominican priest, AD Sertillanges’ contribution to the see-judge-act method.

  • See, Judge and Conclude with Léon Ollé-Laprune

    I initially stumbled across the role of Léon Ollé-Laprune in the development of the See Judge Act method while following Cardijn’s list of his reading at various stages of his life. Indeed, I found Cardijn’s personally annotated copy of Ollé-Laprune’s master work, Le prix de la Vie in his library which is now housed at…

  • Paolo Freire, the YCW and Cardijn

    Paolo Freire, the YCW and Cardijn

    I first read Paolo Freire’s famous book Pedagogy of the Oppressed in about 1973 while studying law at Melbourne University. It was fantastic to read about his reflection/action praxis method of education and conscientisation.

  • Karol Wojtyla channels Cardijn

    Karol Wojtyla channels Cardijn

    In his book ‘Sources of renewal’ on how to implement Vatican II, young Polish Bishop Karol Wojtyla only cites by name one Council participant besides Popes John XXIII and Paul VI.

  • See Judge Act with Cardinal Turkson

    See Judge Act with Cardinal Turkson

    Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson and the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace of which he is president are both emphasising the importance of Cardijn’s See Judge Act method. Addressing a 30 March – 1 April congress in Lyon, France, organised by UNIAPAC, the ecumenical business leaders movement, Cardinal Turkson pointed to the method as a…