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Posted on 04/19/2005 11:56:55 AM PDT by MadIvan
Cardinal Ratzinger on the Banishment of God From Public Life
Receives St. Benedict Award for Promotion of Life and Family
SUBIACO, Italy, APRIL 12, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger says that believers are faced with the tendency to banish God from public life and confine him to the "subjective realm of past residual cultures."
On April 1, when receiving the St. Benedict Award for the Promotion of Life and the Family in Europe, conferred by the Subiaco Foundation for Life and the Family, the dean of the College of Cardinals delivered an address on the present crisis of culture and identity, especially in the Old World.
After stating that "moral force has not grown apace with the development of science but, on the contrary, has diminished," Cardinal Ratzinger explained that "the most serious danger at this time is precisely the imbalance between technical possibilities and moral energy."
He gave two examples: the threat of terrorism and the possibility to manipulate the origin of human life.
The then prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faithalmost all heads of Vatican dicasteries lost their posts when John Paul II died pointed out that "Europe has developed a culture that, in a way previously unknown to humanity, excludes God from the public consciousness, either by denying him altogether or by judging that his existence cannot be demonstrated, is uncertain and, therefore, somewhat irrelevant to public life."
An attempt is being made "to build the human community absolutely without God," the cardinal stressed.
"The rejection of reference to God is not an expression of tolerance which wishes to protect non-theist religions and the dignity of atheists and agnostics, but rather an expression of the desire to see God banished definitively from humanity's public life, and driven into the subjective realm of residual cultures of the past," he warned.
For the cardinal, the starting point of this view is "relativism," which has become "a dogmatism that believes it is in possession of the definitive knowledge of reason, and with the right to regard all the rest as a stage of humanity, which has basically been surpassed, and which can be suitably relativized."
At this rate, Cardinal Ratzinger added, we will no longer "be able to affirm that homosexuality, as the Catholic Church teaches, is an objective disorder of the structure of human existence."
"The fact that the Church is convinced of not having the right to confer priestly ordination on women, is now considered by some as irreconcilable with the European Constitution," he added.
In the final part of his address, Cardinal Ratzinger explained that "we need roots to survive and we must not lose them from sight if we do not want human dignity to disappear."
"Only creative reason, which has been manifested in the crucified God as love, can really show us the way," he said. "We need men who will keep their sight on God, learning there" what "true humanity" is, as "only through men touched by God, can God again be close to men." ZE05041102
Oh, it's obvious where you're coming from. These people will have to answer for their actions at the Throne of God. The focus now is to make sure it doesn't happen again. I have confidence that things will work out. The Church has been in far worse situation.
Many have said that the selection of the name of a Pope is in conjunction with the preceeding Pope who had that name and that the new Pope will hold to many of his teachings. The only thing I can find for sure about Pope Benedict XV was that he was a great arbiter of peace during World War I and referred to all sides of the conflict as beligerants.
Tonight on MSNBC Michael Newdow bursts into flames!
It doesn't seem convoluted to me. Individual persons know the teaching and fail to live up to it. That's what sinners do and, yes, it has disasterous consequences for innocent victims.
Benedict XV beat out Mariano Rampolla del Tindaro, the candidate of the 1903 conclave who was blocked because of allegations of secret society membership.
Was Ratzinger sending a signal?
Charge every damn one of them with EEOC violations. Or ask in liue of that would they care to go out into the parking lot.
Thank you, MadIvan, as always.
This will be interesting. He could be a peacemaker of sorts within the Church if he unites the opposing elements. Ratzinger is the most likely to revert to Tradition. If so, a prophecy could be fulfilled if AmChurch schisms under Ratzinger's crackdowns. The challenge for the Church in America is grave.
I am cautiously optimistic. Chris Ferrara in Rome reported a conclave battle between the Ratzinger and Tettamanzi factions. He was right. I am relieved he won.
Interesting. Note the date. He received this aptly named award as the pope died.
"I read a chapter in Corintians that mentioned that liars, adulters and others who sin will not inherit the kingdom. Yet many evangelical churches say that salvation cannot be lost by sinning. Yet clearly the scripture is in conflict with the church on that one."
Correction: Yet clearly the scripture is in conflict with "evangelical" churches on that one.
The 111th St. Malachy prophesy is "Gloria Olivae" (The Glory of the Olive). The Order of Saint Benedict has claimed that this pope will come from their ranks. Saint Benedict himself prophesied that before the end of the world his Order, known also as the Olivetans, will triumphantly lead the Catholic Church in its fight against evil.
Will Pope Benedict XVI have an olive branch on his coat of arms, signifying a coming together of all factions in the Church.
I think "the Glory of the Olive" has been fulfilled.
Ye of little faith.
That is not true at all. World War I would have ended on its own had we stayed out. Wilson entering that war was the biggest mistake of the 20th century.
Ivan, all but two of the cardinals were chosen by John Paul II........they would not have abandoned him when choosing his successor.
He has given us bodies and a free will as part of His test for us. We can choose Him and attempt to overcome the passions of our bodies or we can reject Him and be controlled by our passions.
"I am cautiously optimistic."
That's a good way to describe how I feel too! He isn't a Traditionalist, but he certainly has proven to be the friend of Traditionalists on many occasions.
At least we now have a Pope who has celebrated the Tridentine Mass recently!
Well, partially true. Jesus is God, and He has a body.
No, it is entirely true that the stalemate would have continued had the U.S. Army not intervened in the Great War.
Sorry about your bishop! ;)
You are a soul. You have a body.
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