Saturday, October 21, 2006

Irony: The tribute Religion pays to Reason

Atheist gifts pontifical school in will
ROME (AP) - An Italian journalist and self-described atheist who died last month has left most of her books and notes to a pontifical university in Rome because of her admiration for Pope Benedict XVI, a school official said Saturday.

Oriana Fallaci had described the pontiff as an ally in her campaign to rally Christians in Europe against what she saw as a Muslim crusade against the West. As she battled breast cancer last year, she had a private audience with Benedict, who was elected only a few months earlier, at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo.

In one of her final interviews, Fallaci told The Wall Street Journal: "I am an atheist, and if an atheist and a pope think the same things, there must be something true."


"God is the ultimate truth to which all reason naturally gravitates," the pontiff told an audience of students and faculty.

Religion, however, is not. How do we know?

Because Pope Benedict XVI said so.


Blogger Harry Eagar said...

Surely the Pontifical Library already had any books she had?

October 21, 2006 4:00 PM  
Blogger Hey Skipper said...

You would think.

To me this is telling -- Fallaci has concluded Pope Benedict is no friend of particular revelation.

October 22, 2006 12:40 PM  

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