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Christians must not fear being branded intolerant, says Pope
The Pope has urged a group of his former students to stick to the principles of their faith and be led by truth.
- David Kerr
- September 6, 2012
â€śToday, the concepts of truth and intolerance have almost fused together, so that to say that one has the truth becomes synonymous with intolerance. And we Christians do not dare to believe or to speak about the truth,â€ť the Pope said in his homily during Sunday morning Mass at Castel Gandolfo.
The Sept. 2 liturgy at the papal summer residence marked the conclusion of this yearâ€™s Ratzinger SchĂĽlerkreis or Ratzinger Student Circle. Since 1977 the annual event has drawn together those who defended their doctoral theses with the present Pope during his years teaching theology at various universities in Germany.
According the Vatican Radio, Pope Benedictâ€™s homily was based on an analysis of a passage in the Book of Deuteronomy that recalled how Israel received Godâ€™s law, which brought it authentic wisdom. The Pope said this wisdom was a gift to take joy in, rather than the result of some individual genius.
Similarly, he said, the Church is a â€śuniversal Israelâ€ť that must also take joy in Godâ€™s gift of Christ, the Law made flesh, without any sense of triumphalism but with gratitude for a gift we did not create. We must learn â€śto allow ourselves to be led by the truth,â€ť he said, â€śthen the truth will be able to shine through us anew, for the salvation of the world.â€ť
Last year, for the first time ever, the SchĂĽlerkreis also included those who have written their doctrinal theses on texts by Joseph Ratzinger, now known as Pope Benedict XVI. With the addition of those students, the number of those participating in the three days of closed-door seminars increased to approximately 40.
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Source: Catholic News Agency