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By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 13, 2006

In Bavaria on Monday, Pope Benedict said that the developing world, looking toward the West, is "frightened by a form of rationality which totally excludes God from man's vision."

On Wednesday, the New York Times reported on another papal address, delivered at the University of Regensburg. The Times saw the speech as a critique of Islam-- apparently missing the broader critique of Western secularism. You wonder: Is it really a blind spot? And then you see this:

The speech at the university was the only significant secular event in a schedule packed with Masses, evening prayers and other religious occasions ...

Right: Masses and religious events. Not worth mentioning.

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  • Posted by: - Sep. 21, 2006 12:33 AM ET USA

    How unusual to find that the secular world finds that advocating putting God back into the life processes is necessary and essential to human existence to be contrary to their beliefs. The secularists address our physical life; the Pope adresses our spiritual life which in turn compliments our temperal existence.

  • Posted by: Meg Q - Sep. 13, 2006 5:10 PM ET USA

    Right - leave it to the NYT - the fact that he is, during those "Masses etc" giving homilies that, in a secular setting, would be considered MAJOR speeches, is truly not worth mentioning. I mean, literally not worth mentioning.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 13, 2006 1:27 PM ET USA

    Plus, Benedict XVI's WHOLE POINT at the University of Regensburg was that to be a REAL university, it has to consider theology and religion as part of its curriculum since to limit humanity's reason to only what it can verify itself is to deny 90% of humanity's very reasoning capacity. Ipso facto, The speech at Regensburg was not a secular event (whatever that even means).

  • Posted by: - Sep. 13, 2006 12:48 PM ET USA

    I am developing a deep love and regard for BXVI. Can this be improved upon?: “The world’s profoundly religious cultures see this exclusion from the divine, from the universality of reason as an attack on their most profound convictions,” he said. “A reason which is deaf to the divine and which relegates religion into the realm of subcultures is incapable of entering into the dialogue of cultures.”

  • Posted by: - Sep. 13, 2006 12:04 PM ET USA

    Simply shocking that a religious leader would spend the majority of his time in religious matters! How unexpected! The folks at NYT's can't see this?

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