Thursday, August 11, 2005

as alistair mcintyre put it, what europe needs is another benedict

Aug. 15, 2005 issue - On the day before pope John Paul II died last April, as the faithful and the curious gathered in St. Peter's Square awaiting word of his fate, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was speaking in the village of Subiaco inthe mountains outside Rome. Priests, monks and nuns listened in the chill air of an austere Gothic convent as he told them, "Europe has developed a culture that, in a manner unknown before now to humanity, excludes God from the public conscience." Attempts to manage human affairs while "disdaining God completely," he said, have led us "to the edge of the abyss."

Read the whole thing here.

2 comments:

Seppuku Kid said...

WB,
You are right Alistair [sic] McIntyre [sic] was quite the prophet. Sadly, his jeremiad was almost as unconvincing and boring as the Benedict XVI's.
Cheers,
SK

father wb said...

Excuse [sic] me [sic]. Alasdair [sic] MacIntyre [sic]. But [sic] then [sic] nothing [sic] is [sic] as [sic] exciting [sic] as [sic] nihilist [sic] gadflies [sic].