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The Catholic Church in World Affairs The Catholic Church in World Affairs
As one of the most ancient and extensive institutions in the modern age, the Catholic Church has had and continues to exert a significant influence on diverse world...

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Science and the Environment Science and the Environment
The Catholic Church’s position on science and the environment has grown in importance over recent years. The Church has consistently argued that faith and reason are not...

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Benedict XVI on Reason and Faith in the Public Realm

June 29, 2009
The Christian religion and other religions can offer their contribution to development only if God has a place in the public realm. [...] The exclusion of religion from the public square - and, at the other extreme, religious fundamentalism - hinders an encounter between persons and their collaboration for the progress of humanity. [...] Human rights risk being ignored either because they are robbed of their transcendent foundation or because personal freedom is not acknowledged. Secularism and fundamentalism exclude the possibility of fruitful dialogue and effective cooperation between reason and religious faith. Reason always stands in need of being purified by faith: this also holds true for political reason, which must not consider itself omnipotent. For its part, religion always needs to be purified by reason in order to show its authentically human face. Any breach in this dialogue comes only at an enormous price to human development.[italics in original]
Pope Benedict XVI Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI (emeritus) was the head of the Roman Catholic Church from 2005 until 2013, when he voluntarily resigned from the papacy. He was born Joseph Ratzinger in Bavaria in 1927 and became a respected theologian and university professor....
Roman Catholic Church Roman Catholic Church
The Roman Catholic Church is the world's largest Christian Church, with over 1 billion members, and currently headed by Pope Francis. Since becoming the official religion of the Roman Empire in the fourth century, it has been persistently...