Solidarity Today: Mercy – Solidarity and the Church

Discussion on the institutional possibilities and limits of solidarity launched a discussion series in September 2016 about potential tools for widening the social base of solidarity and collective acts.

Time: December 20, 2016, 5 pm to 8 pm
Venue: Mayakovsky 102, the open office of tranzit. hu, 1068 Budapest, Király utca 102.

"Love your neighbor as yourself." Jesus explains to his disciples based on the parable of the Good Samaritan, whom they should considered their neighbor. (Luke 10:25–37)

At tranzit. hu’s discussion series on solidarity, we will look into similar questions, with our guests who are involved in this theme from various perspectives. In the first half of the event, with the help of Rossellini’s film, we recall the activity of the worker priests under neorealism and that of the street priests who (still) work in the most arduous conditions. We will analyze together the film’s unique approach in the portrayal of St. Francis of Assisi and his disciples. The choice of name of the current Catholic pontiff, Pope Francis, also connects to him: "Mercy is the first attribute of God. The name of God"— as the Head of the Church justified his pick. He has recently named street priests bishops, causing affront in the church and among believers.

How can the biblical teachings be enforced in our everyday practice? We ask naively. In essence, the same obstacles are imposed on us as in the time of St. Francis of Assisi? Through the years, what are the changes in the social and political engagement of the churches, which need to express, also symbolically, their teachings? What are the new challenges? How does the growing number of small churches and Non-Christian religious communities influence religious life? Are there critical (or artistic) platforms that support reflection?

5 pm to 6:30 pm (arrival from 4:30, we begin at 5 pm sharp): Film screenin
Roberto Rossellini: The Flowers of Saint Francis (1950), 89 mins

6:30 pm to 8 pm: Discussion

Invited guests
Miklós Beer, the Roman Catholic diocese of Vác
Gábor Gelencsér, film critic, editor-in-chief of the Pannonhalma Szemle
Miklós Vecsei, historian, social policy expert, vice president of the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta

Moderated by Andra Pócsik, film historian, professor at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University

Roberto Rossellini: The Flowers of Saint Francis (1950)