Religion and the Euro

Here is an interesting article from the BBC on the religious fault lines along which the Euro and European crisis are being debated. Some of this has been mentioned here, here and here. Below an excerpt: Discussion among eurozone leaders about the future of their single currency has become an increasingly divisive affair. On the […]

The Cardinal and the Atheist

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD1QHO_AVZA] Here is an excellent debate on TV between Cardinal Pell of Sydeny and renowned atheist Richard Dawkins. Inevitably much of the argument ends up on different views on creation and evolution and Cardinal Pell (who has approached environmental issues before) does a good job of defending the intelligence of the Catholic position and maintaining his […]

Is it possible to be happy with this life?

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71HzYChzTbA]   The question: “Is it possible to be happy with this life?” is a line from a video produced by Gnarly Bay productions. I don’t know much about Gnarly Bay, except that they produce excellent narrative and visual material. The answer to the question seems to be: yes, it is possible, in NATURE  fundamentally, through […]

Nature, Morality and the USA

Three days ago Pope Benedict XVI met with US Bishops in their ad limina visit to the Holy See, and addressed the challenges he foresees  in the US front. One of the central themes was the attack on morality, and he said the following: With her long tradition of respect for the right relationship between […]

The World and the Laity

In a few recent addresses Pope Benedict XVI has given some interesting diagnostics of our culture Some of these points are also relevant to the current state in which we see and relate to the environment. For example, on an angelus refection on advent the Pope said: ” …certain aspects of the post-modern world: cities […]

Habermas, Ratzinger and the Crisis of Europe – II

In the first part of the post on Habermas, Ratzinger and the Crisis of Europe we ended considering Ratzinger’s call for the recognition of Europe’s deeply religious roots, and Habermas’ ‘religious opening’. Recently there has been some talk of Habermas experimenting some form of conversion, one spanish article heading called “Saint Jurgen Habermas” and Peter […]

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