» 10/21/2006, 00.00
Pope: West neglects "being" for "doing", faces cultural crisis
The address of Benedict XVI at the inauguration of the academic year of the Lateran University. Man and civilization need equilibrium and to strive for tension towards authentic good.
First papal audience on Benedict, a name that is a plan for Europe's reconciliation and renaissance
Science cannot be the criterion of what is good, says Pope
Notwithstanding today’s prodigious scientific advances, man remains at the centre of creation and should not be the object of ideological manipulations and abuses. It is matter of resisting the temptation to circumscribe human identity to what is known and giving research a chance to find out who we are, where we are from and where we are going.
Pope: secularisation is invading all cultures, and even the Church
Benedict XVI reveals that an increasing number of people live "making do without God", and he exhorts the Church to carry forward dialogue with cultures, in order to bring back to them the "lofty values of existence".
Pope: Pius XII, true "authoritative source" of the Council
Speaking again of Pope Pacelli, Benedict XVI makes only a passing reference to the controversy over the figure of a man who "was an accomplished diplomat, an eminent jurist, an excellent theologian. All of this is true, but it doesn't explain everything. There was also in him the continual effort and firm will to give himself to God without reservation and without concern for his health."
We are in an educational emergency and credible witnesses are needed, says Pope
Despite and perhaps because of being shielded too much, today’s young people are left alone before the great questions of life, and have no one to turn for fundamental references. A healthy separation of state and Church cannot consider religion as solely a private matter.
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