Much has already been written about Pope Francis’ encyclical letter, Fratelli Tutti, (3 October, 2020) but I think it is his last chapter that is the key to the future: “Religions at the Service of Fraternity in Our World.”

Recently I’ve been re-reading William Johnston’s Arise My Love … Mysticism for a New Era (Orbis, 2000), and it strikes me that this wonderful book can help open up more fully the possibilities touched on by Pope Francis.

William Johnston is an Irish Jesuit who lived for more than 50 years in Japan and was a professor of religious studies and director of the Institute of Oriental Religions at Sophia University in Tokyo. He is critical of the institutional Church, seeing that it has almost collapsed in Europe and North America under the weight of the double scandals of financial and sexual abuse.

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