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Those who claim to be Roman Catholics and in spite of it oppose or reject religious teaching of the Supreme Pontiff should get acquainted with the strikingly impressive sculpture of Pierre Le Gros the Younger 'Religion Overthrowing Heresy and Hatred' ('La religione scaccia l'eresia e l'odio' - 'Religion Chasing away Heresy and Hatred' ), Church of the Gesù, Rome, Italy.
"Sic orate ac si totum a Deo dependeret, et sic laborate ac si totum dependeret a vobis"
"Orad como si todo dependiese de Dios y trabajad como si todo dependiese de vosotros"
Dictum sancto Ignatio de Loyola attributum
Petrus de Ribadeneyra, Tractatus de modo gubernandi sancti Ignatii, c. 6, 14: MHSI 85, 631.
2834. CATECHISMUS CATHOLICAE ECCLESIAE
"Pray as if everything depended on God and work as if everything depended on you."
Attributed to St. Ignatius Loyola,
Joseph de Guibert, SJ, The Jesuits: Their Spiritual Doctrine and Practice,
(Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1964), 148, n. 55.
2834. CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
On 14-15 February 2012, a delegation of Ministers from the Government of the United Kingdom made an official visit to the Holy See. Led by the Rt Hon Baroness Warsi, Cabinet Minister without Portfolio, representing the Prime Minister, the Ministerial visit marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of full diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and the Holy See in 1982, and follows the successful visit by his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to the United Kingdom in September 2010.
His Holiness Benedict XVI and The Right Honourable Baroness [Sayeeda] Warsi
Minister without Portfolio & Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party
Vatican, 15 February 2012
Baroness Warsi: Speech to the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, Vatican City
(...) On a personal level, I heeded the words of the Holy Father during his landmark speech in Westminster Hall. And I had the immense honour of enjoying an audience during a special event to promote interfaith relations. It was a humbling, moving moment for me. And having made my speech at the Anglican Bishops’ Conference two days earlier on the importance of governments ‘doing God’……marking a clean break with the approach from the past, saying that our Government would be on the side of faith….…the Holy Father urged me to carry on making the case for faith in society.
So today I want to make one simple argument. That in order to ensure faith has a proper space in the public sphere…In order to encourage social harmony…People need to feel stronger in their religious identities, more confident in their beliefs. In practice this means individuals not diluting their faith… …and nations not denying their religious heritage. If you take this thought to its conclusion then the idea you’re left with is this: Europe needs to become more confident in its Christianity.Let us be honest: Too often there is a suspicion of faith in our continent….…where signs of religion cannot be displayed or worn in government buildings. …where states won’t fund faith schools. …and where faith is sidelined, marginalised and downgraded. It all hinges on a basic misconception:
That somehow to create equality and space for minority faiths and cultures we need to erase our majority religious heritage. But it is my belief that the societies we are, the cultures we’ve created, the values we hold and the things we fight for……stem from something we’ve argued over, dissented from, discussed and built up: Centuries of Christianity. It’s what the Holy Father called the “unrenounceable Christian roots of [our] culture and civilisation”. Which shine through our politics, our public life, our culture, our economics, our language and our architecture. You cannot and should not erase these Christian foundations from the evolution of our nations any more than you can or should erase the spires from our landscapes. Let me get one thing very clear: I am not saying that everything done in the name of faith has been a blessing for our continent. Too much blood has been shed in the name of religion. But trying to erase this history or blind ourselves to the role of religion on our continent is wrong. We need to realise what drives us, what binds us and what inspires us is a history we are in danger of denying. I know, in a globalised world, it is easy to think that to relate to others you must water down your identity. But my point today is that being sure of who you are is the only way in which you will be more accommodating of others. And there is a second strand to this argument. That true confidence has the power to guarantee openness. Because only when you’re content in your own identity… …only when you realise that the ‘Other’ does not jeopardise who you are……can you truly accept and not merely tolerate the presence of difference. Just as the bully bullies because he or she is insecure… …so too the state suppresses, marginalises, dictates and dismisses… …when it feels its identity is at stake. In the United Kingdom, we have guarded against such fear… …by recognising the importance of the Established Church and our Christian heritage – our majority faith… And that is what has created religious freedom and a home for people like me, of minority faiths. Majority faiths and minority faiths – as a Muslim who was born and raised in – and now serves – a Christian country, I have experience of both. So I hope you will permit me to start by telling you a bit about my early life in the north of England in the 1970s and 80s. (the complete text of the baroness's Warsi masterpiece speech here)
Joint Communiqué of the Holy See and Her Majesty's Government following
the U.K. Ministerial Delegation's Visit to the Holy See (February 15, 2012)
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Recent studies on human sexuality have highlighted that sexual aspects are of major importance in building up personal identity and in the social evolution of individuals: "Human sexuality is not simply imposed by instinct or stereotypical conducts, as it happens in animals, but it is influenced both by superior mental activity and by social, cultural, educational and normative characteristics of those places where the subjects grow up and their personality develops. Consequently, the analysis of sexual sphere must be based on the convergence of several lines of development such as affectivity, emotions and relations."
Boccadoro L., Carulli S., (2008) Il posto dell'amore negato. Sessualità e psicopatologie segrete (The place of the denied love. Sexuality and secret psychopathologies - Abstract). Tecnoprint Editrice, Ancona. ISBN 978-88-95554-03-7