September 19, 2006

"Something important had happened..."

I don't have time, alas, to comment sensibly on the Pope's Regensberg lecture, or even read it with proper attention. Too much work (which is good!) Amy has some great round-ups of reactions. I recommend this article, by Fr. James V. Schall, S.J....

On September 12, on his visit to his native Bavaria, Benedict XVI gave a formal academic lecture at the University at which he formerly was a professor. It is a brilliant, stunning lecture, and it is a lecture, not a papal pronouncement. It brings into focus just why there is a papacy and why Catholicism is an intellectual religion. Indeed, it is a lecture on why reason is reason and what this means. The scope of this lecture is simply breathtaking, but also intelligible to the ordinary mind. In watching my computer and listening to various colleagues the day after this address was given, I felt a kind of hush in the air. Something important had happened, something more than the ordinary went on in Regensburg, something that was addressed to the heart of modernism but also to Islam, our current enigma....
Posted by John Weidner at September 19, 2006 8:36 AM
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