lost in translation

By Diogenes ( articles ) | Feb 21, 2008

Pope Benedict delivered a stern, no-nonsense message to Jesuit leaders on February 21. The CWN coverage of the Pope's talk was not terribly different from the accounts carried here and here and even here.

If you read Italian, or if the Vatican eventually posts a translation, you can find the full text here, and judge for yourself. The Holy Father's intention was unmistakable.

Leaders of the Society of Jesus have done their best to downplay the tension between the Jesuit order and the Vatican. The new superior general suggested that the perception of a rift between the Jesuits and the Pope is a myth created by the mass media. Pope Benedict was fairly blunt in acknowledging that the problem is real.

You might think that when the Pope chooses to send a strong message, the Vatican press office would be careful to convey that message. But curiously, if you read the official summary and excerpts provided by the Vatican Information Service, the severity of the Pope's message doesn't come through to English-language readers.

Make of it what you will.

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  • Posted by: - Oct. 30, 2009 8:35 PM ET USA

    I am truly unconvinced that Dawkins believes in God.Else why would he deny the being of God. One does not deny something does not exist. Before denying anything one must surely think that it exists. The answer may lie in a hatred of God.Be rid of God by denying his existence.

  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Oct. 30, 2009 2:21 PM ET USA

    I hasten to add a clarification which I hope is unneeded: I meant the comments at the Washington Post website, not here!

  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Oct. 30, 2009 12:05 PM ET USA

    For another disturbing read, go through some of the comments. Not only is the vileness quotient off the charts, but the writing tells you a lot about the effectiveness of contemporary education.

  • Posted by: Pete - Oct. 29, 2009 12:37 PM ET USA

    As Fr. Benedict Groeschel says, people like Dawkins and Hitchins give Atheists a bad name! One day the limelight will shine away from Dawkins and he will be confronted by himself.

  • Posted by: jeremiahjj - Oct. 28, 2009 11:19 PM ET USA

    Those whom Dawkins condemns will be honored long after they are gone. He will not be honored nor remembered beyond his own generation. He has his glory. Let him bask in it.

  • Posted by: Christopher_Johnson - Oct. 28, 2009 5:00 PM ET USA

    Doubtful. If he decides there's a deity, it'll be the one western liberal Anglicans pray to.

  • Posted by: peggyann - Oct. 28, 2009 2:56 PM ET USA

    And, so, let us pray!

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Oct. 28, 2009 2:16 PM ET USA

    "Could it be that he's losing faith in his faithlessness?" We are obliged to pray that he is---for his sake, not that of the Church. The gates of Hell will not prevail against Her, so Richard Dawkins surely won't. But while he breathes, he still has the chance to save his soul, and we must pray for that.