Tag: François Houtart

  • Cardijn, François Houtart and the princes of the Church

    Cardijn, François Houtart and the princes of the Church

    One of many stories François Houtart shared with me concerned Cardijn’s disgust at the opulence of the episcopal palace of the Cuban archbishop.

  • Universal brotherhood and solidarity: Cardijn & JPII

    Universal brotherhood and solidarity: Cardijn & JPII

    It’s a hundred years this month since the birth on 18 May 1920 of Karol Wojtyla, now better known as St John Paul II. Remarkably, the Polish pontiff was the fifth and last 20th century pope known personally by Cardijn

  • Cardijn and Marx

    Cardijn and Marx

    Today marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx on 5 May 1818. So it’s interesting to reflect on what Cardijn, who read Das Kapital while a political prisoner during World War I thought of him.

  • Francis, Lucio Gera, Walter Kasper… and Cardijn

    Francis, Lucio Gera, Walter Kasper… and Cardijn

    German Cardinal Walter Kasper offers some interesting insights on the sources of Pope Francis’ thought, particularly regarding the Argentine theologian and jocist chaplain, Lucio Gera.

  • Marx, Houtart, Wojtyla and the “See” in Gaudium et Spes

    Marx, Houtart, Wojtyla and the “See” in Gaudium et Spes

    Many would be surprised to learn that the introduction on The Human Condition in the World of Today to, Gaudium et Spes, was originally drafted by an avowed Marxist.

  • The JOC influence at Vatican II

    The JOC influence at Vatican II

    Among his many other engagements throughout his long life, François Houtart took part as a peritus or expert at Vatican II.

  • RIP François Houtart

    RIP François Houtart

    The web, particularly in Latin America, is overflowing with tributes to François Houtart, the Belgian priest, sociologist and former JOC chaplain who died in Quito, Ecuador on 7 June at the age of nearly 92.

  • No pomp and privilege for Cardijn

    St Michael Archangel Church at Pietralata, Rome: Cardijn’s titular church as cardinal Here’s a great little Cardijn anecdote told by Francois Houtart of how Cardijn had a visceral reaction to pomp and circumstance. “Just before the war (World War II),” Houtart writes, “Monsignor Cardijn was hosted by a Yugoslav bishop and the experience horrified him.…