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Vittorio Messori: ‘The Christian is not a cretin’

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Zenit published an interesting two-part interview this week with the leading Italian Church commentator Vittorio Messori. The interview pivots on Messori’s new book, Por qué creo (“Why I Believe”), in which he discusses why he abandoned secularism for the Catholic faith.

Here’s a taster:

Half of my readers in Italy are believers, and the other half are not. The majority of the latter are not in agreement with my conclusions, but they are pleased to follow my reasoning.

What I try to demonstrate is that the Christian is not a cretin. He isn’t someone who gives up the use of reason. The Christian is one who, using reason, breaks the walls of rationalism to come to a reality that is greater than our own reason.

You can read the first part of the interview here and part two here.

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Written by Luke Coppen

November 15, 2009 at 10:58 am

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John Paul II: the first ‘green pope’

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Last year Newsweek dubbed Pope Benedict XVI “the green pope“. But according to the Westminster priest Fr Richard Nesbitt, Benedict must share that title with his predecessor.

In a 51-page dissertation submitted to the Catholic University of Leuven, or Louvain, Fr Nesbitt argues that John Paul II played a key role in shifting the Catholic Church’s attitude to the ecological crisis.

Hat tip: Love Undefiled

Photo: Pope John Paul II pauses for reflection near a waterfall in the mountains of Italy’s Val d’Aosta region on July 13 2001 (CNS photo from pool)

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Written by Luke Coppen

November 15, 2009 at 10:46 am