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Agnosticism is intolerant toward those who question it


ANDREA TORNIELLI

Source:
Vatican Insider
Type:
Media/Opinion
Date:
1/6/2013

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ABSTRACT"Agnosticism is intolerant toward those who question it" - Vatican Insider LANGUAGE:    Italiano   English      Español www.vaticaninsider.com The Pope’s speeches  :: Tuesday 08 January 2013 ::  Home ::  News ::  World News ::  Inquiries and Interviews The Vatican ::  Agenda ::  About us SEARCH 01/ 6/2013  "Agnosticism is intolerant toward those who question it" Tweet Angelus The Pope consecrates four new bishops including Father Georg and says: "Even now the successors of the apostles must expect to be mocked and beaten" Andrea Tornielli Vatican City      "The humility of faith, of sharing the faith of the Church of every age, will constantly be in conflict with the prevailing wisdom of those who cling to what seems certain". The Pope said this in the homily of the Mass in St. Peter, during which he consecrated as archbishop his private secretary Georg Gänswein, the new Prefect of the Pontifical Household, together with Vincenzo Zani, Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education; Fortunatus Nwachukwu, Apostolic Nuncio to Nicaragua; Nicolas Marie Thevenin, Apostolic Nuncio to Guatemala.   On the day on which the Church celebrates the epiphany of Jesus to the Three Wise Men, who represent all the nations, Pope Benedict XVI has proposed a parallel between the bishops and the Three Wise Men by describing the latter as men "filled with expectation, not satisfied with their secure income and their respectable place in society. They were looking for something greater".   The Pope then drew a portrait of a bishop, who "must above all be a man concerned for God, for only then will he also be truly concerned about men...a Bishop must be a man concerned for others, one who is concerned about what happens to them.  But he can only truly be so if he is a man seized by God", and therefore, "above all a man of prayer".    Resuming the comparison to the Three Wise Men, Benedict XVI emphasized the "the courage and humility born of faith". We can imagine that their decision to leave for the unknown, he explained, "was met with derision" but for them "seeking the truth meant more than the taunts of the world, so apparently clever".  This can be a guideline for the bishops of today because, added Ratzinger, "the humility of faith, of sharing the faith of the Church of every age, will constantly be in conflict with the prevailing wisdom of those who cling to what seems certain".  For the Pope, "anyone who lives and proclaims the faith of the Church is on many points out of step with the prevalent way of thinking, even in our own day. Today’s regnant agnosticism has its own dogmas and is extremely intolerant regarding anything that would question it and the criteria it employs. Therefore the courage to contradict the prevailing mindset is particularly urgent for a Bishop today". A bishop, the Pope said in his homily, "must be courageous. .......