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Monday, June 08, 2009
JOGGING THE MEMORY OF THE LAND THE FORGOT GOD
JOGGING THE MEMORY OF THE LAND THE FORGOT GOD

As Archbishop Nichols begins his tenure at Westminster a book has been published called "The Land that Forgot God" in which he has contributed an essay. In it he has this thought, which he repeated last week in a talk at London University:

"A society which limits itself - and its education - to a positivistic understanding of reason [limited to what can be positively seen] will find itself unable to determine shared moral principles and values. Such a society will lack cohesion. The rigorously secular, liberal project of community cohesion is mistaken in its fundamental view of the human person and simply will not work."

Some of this thought came from Pope Benedict who at Regensburg, Germany, in 2006 said, to Archbishop Nichols' approval: 'A reason which is deaf to the divine and which relegates religion to the realm of sub cultures is incapable of entering into the dialogue of cultures today.'

The feast of St Boniface was last Thursday. Back in the 7th century he managed to convert many in another society which "forgot God", pagan Germany. He had been sent by Pope Gregory. As our own Pope Benedict recently pointed out in his 11th March 09 General Audience, Boniface was a lot less successful before he had a papal mandate. He partly did this be chopping down one of the trees they worshipped. As well as converting some such actions also got him martyred.

As Pope Benedict sends Archbishop Nichols to us (e.g. he's actually here in the parish in two weeks time) let us pray that Archbishop Nichols may indeed be inspired to challenge our increasingly pagan multi-cultural society to return to its Christian roots, and "remember" God again –at a cost , we pray, of less than martyrdom.

posted by Sinead Reekie at 11:42 am