Sayings of the Saints: Pope Benedict XVI

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.

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:

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.

One thought on “Sayings of the Saints: Pope Benedict XVI

  1. Benedict XVI is – as your cartoon points out – possibly the most unphotogenic globally known face ever (I love that about him by the way.. always looks like he's got a ruler up his…. um.. when he smiles) but this comment is right on the money. I've got a lot more in common with a Muslim than I have with a nominally Christian secularist such as one of our previous prime-minister in Oz, John Howard. Remember how he said 'anyone can come to this country whatever their religioun, provided they put Australia first'. Apparently Howard's nominal Christianity doesn't remember the first 3 or 4 of the 10commandments!


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