Friday, October 22, 2010
Pope Benedict XVI and the Resurrection
While Typhoon Juan was striking through the province of Pangasinan, I picked the September 2010 issue and read Matthew Vogan's, "Does the Pope Believe in the Resurrection?" and learned about the following:
1. When Joseph Ratzinger was younger, he admired some liberal theologians, even worked with them.
2. Though he declared in his April 12, 2009 Easter Message that "The Resurrection Is Not a Theory, but a Historical Reality", his book that denies the same is still being sold in the market. In Introduction to Christianity, he wrote:
"The Resurrection cannot be an historical event in the same sense as the Crucifixion is."
3. In that book, he also denies the literal future resurrection of the believers. Commenting on the biblical pronouncements about the resurrection, he wrote:
"their essential content is not the conception of a restoration of bodies to souls after a long interval; their aim is to tell men that they, they themselves, live on... because they are known and loved by God in a way they can no longer perish... the essential part of man, the person, remains... it goes on existing because it lives in God's memory"
Let me also direct you to a couple of posts (here and here) from John Bugay on The Beggars All, a competent counter-Roman Catholic apologetics blog (headed by James Swan).