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‘The Gospel is not an ideology’

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Earlier today the Pope spoke at an ecumenical meeting at the Throne Hall of the Archbishop’s House of Prague. The Catholic News Service has the text. The key passage:

From this perspective, we understand more clearly why Christians are obliged to join others in reminding Europe of her roots. It is not because these roots have long since withered. On the contrary! It is because they continue – in subtle but nonetheless fruitful ways – to supply the continent with the spiritual and moral sustenance that allows her to enter into meaningful dialogue with people from other cultures and religions. Precisely because the Gospel is not an ideology, it does not presume to lock evolving socio-political realities into rigid schemas. Rather, it transcends the vicissitudes of this world and casts new light on the dignity of the human person in every age.

John Allen reflects on how Pope Benedict addressed the matter of Jan Hus, the “father of the Czech nation” who was burned at the stake by the Church in 1415.

You can watch the Vatican’s short video report here.

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Written by Luke Coppen

September 27, 2009 at 7:49 pm

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