by dhw, Sunday, October 30, 2011, 17:45 (4557 days ago) @ George Jelliss

GEORGE: The Pope has invited Agnostics to meet him in Assisi:

Will dhw be going?

Thanks for this, George. When I read the Pope’s statement, I gasped. Apparently agnostics are people to whom “the gift of faith has not been given, but who are nevertheless on the lookout for truth, searching for God [...] They suffer from his absence and yet are inwardly making their way towards him, inasmuch as they seek truth and goodness.” Yes, we are on the lookout for truth; no, we are not searching for God; no, we are not suffering from his absence; and no, the search for truth and goodness is not synonymous with making one’s way towards God. This combination of ignorance and arrogance is breathtaking. Jason Rosenhouse has quite rightly ripped the whole statement to shreds, as well as pointing out the innate hypocrisy in Herr Ratzinger’s idealized image of his church.

One despairs that such blinkered people have so much influence. A meeting with the Pope would probably be as pointless as a meeting with Professor Dawkins.

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