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Pope Benedict XVI, The Papal Science
These are not inconsistencies of the pope, but only some of the expressions of the papal 'logic' about faith being a matter of trained professionals and disciplined non-professionals, faith produced and 'unified' in the laboratory, wherefrom it should spring out and unify the society! The absurdity of such a thinking should be obvious, but obvious or not, the failure is certain, it already happened, and this reveals papal efforts and good intentions to be a work of despair.
A scientific 'unity' has been attained in the 17th century, and not only did not help the peoples, but it was itself lost. The reason of this, is not to be found in the papal speech, desperately returning to a past already proven inadequate. After all these centuries, papacy did not learn anything, and continues in the way of an ideological union of Scientists, being the mechanical heart of a society formed by loyalty to a metaphysical Contract. In a secular world deciding and designing itself as it wishes, the Pope comes to remind the prospect of adding to this construction a metaphysical closure, considered as completeness, the prospect of a rebirth of Christianity as the ultimate ever evolving reasonable Ideology. How strong this error is, we can imagine, if we add to the papal madness the madness of protestants like Schelling, wishing for Christian faith to be scientifically proved and thus recognised by all!
Thus, from the very first paragraph we understand that we move in roads opened by a madness not platonic, but responsible for hundreds of thousands of people being burned by the holy inquisition of the infallible scientists of the papal see, and then by the equally infallible scientists of the protestant sees. We are inside a nightmare, and this is how the nightmare goes on:
Once a semester there was a dies academicus, when professors from every faculty appeared before the students of the entire university, making possible a genuine experience of universitas - something that you too, Magnificent Rector, just mentioned - the experience, in other words, of the fact that despite our specializations which at times make it difficult to communicate with each other, we made up a whole, working in everything on the basis of a single rationality with its various aspects and sharing responsibility for the right use of reason - this reality became a lived experience.
Innocent in his madness, the pope discovers in dies academicus the summum bonum of unity. A legion of 'students' standing in front of the professional Machine. What a unity to admire! Marvellous indeed, and it was very much appreciated by others too, having their own "right use of reason", their holy inquisitions, their gulag and their dahau, their own lived experience of the unity of a Machine.
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