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Praising Pope Benedict’s theology, Pope Francis awards Ratzinger Prizes to Charles Taylor, Father Paul Béré

November 11, 2019

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CWN Editor's Note: Pope Francis said that Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor (Encyclopaedia Britannica article) “has particularly devoted his mind and heart to understanding the phenomenon of secularization in our time.” The Pope also praised Father Béré, an African Jesuit biblical scholar, for his “work on the interpretation of Old Testament texts in a context of oral culture.” The prize is an initiative of the Joseph Ratzinger – Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Nov. 11, 2019 12:54 PM ET USA

    From the cited article: "...but the spread of Islam followed by centuries of colonialism prevented a true African inculturation of the Christian message until the second half of the last century." Wikipedia says: "Beginning in the 7th century, Arabs colonized a substantial portion of the Middle East, Northern Africa, and parts of Asia and Europe." Since Islam has been just as colonizing as any of the Western colonizers, Pope Francis must be using a special definition for colonialism.