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Pope Benedict met the Czech Republic’s intellectual titans today in the Vladislav Hall in the Prague Castle.

Speaking “as one who has been a professor” he reflected on the true nature of academic freedom.
The stand-out section of possibly the most important speech of the visit:

What will happen if our culture builds itself only on fashionable arguments, with little reference to a genuine historical intellectual tradition, or on the viewpoints that are most vociferously promoted and most heavily funded? What will happen if in its anxiety to preserve a radical secularism, it detaches itself from its life-giving roots? Our societies will not become more reasonable or tolerant or adaptable but rather more brittle and less inclusive, and they will increasingly struggle to recognize what is true, noble and good.

John Allen describes the speech as “rhetorical jiu-jitsu”. Watch the official Vatican YouTube summary here.

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Written by Luke Coppen

September 27, 2009 at 7:56 pm

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