On 1 April 2005, the day before Blessed John Paul II died Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, spoke about the real societal danger, and it is not the impending “clash of civilisations”, as Samuel Huntington and his closet disciples in the shrieking commentarati would have it. Ratzinger said that:
This post is a continuation of a series of short posts labelled “Sayings of the Saints”, and follows a previous quote from Desert Father Anthony. To see that post click here.
The real opposition that characterizes today’s world is not that between various religious cultures, but that between the radical emancipation of man from God, from the roots of life, on one hand, and from the great religious cultures on the other. If there were to be a clash of cultures, it would not be because of a clash of the great religions which have always struggled against one another, but which, in the end, have also always known how to live with one another but it will be because of the clash between this radical emancipation of man and the great historical cultures.