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Papal preacher devotes 1st Advent sermon to Christ and creation, recalls Teilhard de Chardin (full text)

December 16, 2017

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CWN Editor's Note: Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the papal household since 1980, preached his 1st Advent sermon on 12/15. The sermon, devoted to Christ and creation, has 4 sections: “The Earth Was Void,” “The Cosmic Vision of Teilhard de Chardin” (a vision that Cantalamessa praises with reservations), “The Spirit of Christ,” and “How Christ Acts in Creation.” In 1962, the Holy Office issued a warning about the writings of Teilhard, a French Jesuit who had died in 1955.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Dec. 17, 2017 5:51 AM ET USA

    Cited: "However, the faith does not justify Teilhard de Chardin’s idea that the final act of history will be a 'crowning' of evolution that has reached its apogee. According to the vision dominant in the whole Bible, the final act could be its very opposite, that is, an abrupt interruption of history, a crisis, a judgment, the moment of separating the wheat from the chaff...It will be an end to evil in terms of the present world rather than an apogee of the good." Then why even bring him up?