Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Ministry Not for the Masses

Here's is the full text of the pope's recent speech that touched off the latest furor. I found it quite good, although I suspect that there is an academic/theologic insult at Protestantism in there, not as conspicuous as the poke at Mohammed, that I didn't quite catch on my first read.

Can ye faire knights unwind the thesis for those of us a little less enlightenend? What is the gist of the good pope's speech?

Sir Chuck of the Slow Steed


  1. I didn't see any insult to protestantism. I saw barely decernable disaggreement, but it the pope didn't disaggree with protestants he needs a new job.
    There wasn't even an insult to Islam. There was however a pretty obvious rebuke. The difference between the two is thin, however it is there and delivering rebukes is part of the Pope's job as well. And the reaction of the Moslems is not merely fanatical but unmanly.
    In any case the point of the lecture was the need to reconcile faith and reason. That is an old difficulty that all theologians must deal with. And it explains the speech as it gives examples both of those who have accept faith but reject reason(Moslems) and those who accept reason but reject faith(secularists) as intolerable extremes. He can hardly be blamed for reiterating standard Catholic theology; indeed he has no right to do anything else and still remain Pope. Moreover there are some who say that he fills a special calling to reclaim apostate Europe and that is why he chose the name Benedict. In Europe many believe that the chief faiths in the future will be secularism and Islam-the two he condemns.

    Sir Jason the Longwinded
    Sir Jason the Longwinded

  2. Looking more closely I would say that yes there is considerable disaggreement with Protestantism. That is what we would expect. It is to some degree mistaken-Protestantism does not reject reason. There is not an attempt to insult however.

    Sir Jason