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The secular world loves Pope Francis and has a tendency to gush over what he says and does (at least when it deals with “social and economic justice” issues such as climate change, immigration, wealth redistribution, etc., etc.). This happened as early as the release of the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (EG). The Wikipedia article proclaims that […]

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Is The West Still In Denial?


Cardinal Ratzinger in 2001 by Manfredo Ferrari.

Yes it is, says Samuel Gregg in a Catholic World Report retrospective on the address given nearly ten years ago by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger — now, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI — on faith and reason. I have had recourse many times to quote this address here at Ricochet, primarily in response to threads on Islam, and particularly with regards to the section Benedict devoted to the lack of reason as part of Islam’s understanding of God. Without reason, the God would be nothing but pure will, commanding his followers to make choices and take actions against reason. But Gregg focuses less on Islam than on the loss of reason in the West, which was the bulk of the Pope’s address. Following his explanation of this loss, he writes: