Understanding the Virus
Richard Leonard SJ is an Australian Jesuit and friend of the Irish Jesuit Province. He is also the author of the best-selling book Where the Hell is God, in which he explores the false theologies of suffering that have been current down the ages and explores what a true theology of suffering should be. The catalyst for the book was a tragic accident that left his sister Tracey a quadriplegic at the age of 28.
In this interview above with Pat Coyle of Irish Jesuit Communications, Richard Leonard talks about the Covid-19 crisis in Australia and how he and his fellow-Jesuits are responding to it.
He also looks at some of the idea the circulate around the view that Covid-19 is a punishment from God or some ‘wake-up call’ to a secularist world that has lost its moral compass. He begins by addressing the question of where Christians get this idea of a violent and vengeful God and how that forms part of the thinking of a pre scientific era.