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First Benedict XVI Encyclical Letter.  
User currently offlineSFOMEX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1106 times:

His Holiness Benedict XVI has published hid first important teaching. Against what many critics thought, it wasn't a condemn or denunciation of the many evils in the world. His first encyclical is about LOVE.

http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/be..._20051225_deus-caritas-est_en.html

"In a world where the name of God is sometimes associated with vengeance or even a duty of hatred and violence, this message is both timely and significant. For this reason, I wish in my first Encyclical to speak of the love which God lavishes upon us and which we in turn must share with others."

"Love is the light--and in the end, the only light--that can always illuminate a world grown dim and give us the courage needed to keep living and working. Love is possible, and we are able to practise it because we are created in the image of God. To experience love and in this way to cause the light of God to enter into the world--this is the invitation I would like to extend with the present Encyclical."

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User currently offlineThorben From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1080 times:

I'll print it out and read it. I'm also reading one of his books. He has a good style of writing. Is anybody else going to read the encyclica? A discussion about it is probably more interesting than most a.net topics.

User currently offlineBeowulf From Singapore, joined Jul 2003, 730 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1072 times:

Quoting Thorben (Reply 1):
A discussion about it is probably more interesting than most a.net topics.

I agree, but do you expect a civilized discussion to take place here?  wink 


User currently offlineMD80fanatic From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2659 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1054 times:

At first I was unsure about Benedict....but so far I have been proven wrong. I think the man has hit the nail directly on the head with his first Encyclical. Kudos to him.  yes 

User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1053 times:

Quoting Thorben (Reply 1):
Is anybody else going to read the encyclica?

I will.

Quoting Beowulf (Reply 2):

I agree, but do you expect a civilized discussion to take place here?

I don't.


User currently offlineDrDeke From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 830 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1051 times:

Quoting Thorben (Reply 1):
Is anybody else going to read the encyclica?

I took a very brief look at it yesterday when this thread was first posted, and it struck me as having a certain preachy/lecturing tone to it.

Now, since it is the Pope writing, I daresay that a "preachy" tone is not necessarily inappropriate. However, I must say that it was a bit off-putting. Who is he or anyone else to lecture me on how to live my life?

On the other hand, out of interest and to see whether I agree with what he says, I do intend to read the rest of it, or at least the bulk of it, today.

-DrDeke



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User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1048 times:

Quoting DrDeke (Reply 5):
Who is he or anyone else to lecture me on how to live my life?

As far as I know, nobody has such intention.


User currently offlineDrDeke From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 830 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1035 times:

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 6):
As far as I know, nobody has such intention.

Well, like I said, I have not read the bulk of it yet. But my skimming of the text yesterday, whether warranted or not, did give me that impression. That's all I meant to say (for now).

-DrDeke



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User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1021 times:

He's a top bloke and it's a shame he's not 15 years younger so he can do his stuff for longer.

I'm his number 1 fan.  yes 


User currently offlineTheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 3473 posts, RR: 29
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1016 times:

I am extremely surprised by him so far... He was always said to be THE hardliner in the Vatican, something he certainly also was, but at the same time I guess also that he is one of the most intelligent people we have.

Anyway, he seems to "rule" much more moderately than I would have thought, so my initial concerns were not justified so far.


User currently offlineCtbarnes From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3491 posts, RR: 50
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1010 times:

I'll be reading it too. Having read some of his other stuff my guess is most will be dense theological argument rather than doctrinaire pronouncement.

Quoting DrDeke (Reply 5):
Who is he or anyone else to lecture me on how to live my life?

Obviously you've never been married...  Wink

Charles, SJ



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