Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $40,250 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Vatican newspaper recalls 9/11

Catholic World News - September 12, 2011

L’Osservatore Romano has published a column by Father Robert Imbelli, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York and Boston College theology professor, on the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

“Religious passion and persuasion can energize for good, but can also breed deadly fanaticism,” he writes. To be life-giving, religious commitment must be tempered by the discernment of reason.”

“We so often take for granted and fail to acknowledge the preciousness of the gift of life and love,” he added. Many young people, in the aftermath of September 11th, re-read Blessed John Paul II’s Encyclical The Gospel of Life, and it challenged them to appropriate more fully its vision of an integral humanism … ”

“September 11th revealed in a striking way human life’s utter precariousness. All our aspirations and achievements can be so quickly snuffed out … the most vivid remembrance of that terrible day remains, not the hatred of the terrorists, but the courageous sacrifice of the rescuers …”

“But Catholic hope transcends even this generous earthly solidarity. It is not limited merely to the present life. Our great hope encompasses as well the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($127,743 to go):
$150,000.00 $22,256.70
85% 15%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Cardinal Kasper's unsubtle threat 0 hours ago
When Catholics are less Catholic than non-Catholics 20 hours ago
Cardinal Kasper's nose is growing again October 18
Challenge Grant Begins as Synod Ends October 17
What's wrong with this Synod, IV: Unprepared for marriage October 17

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6