Cardinal Levada on a New Apologetics
Added: Thu, 29 Apr 2010 23:00:00 UTC
ROME, APRIL 29, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Here is the text of an address given today by Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
The speech, on "The Urgency of a New Apologetics for the Church in the 21st Century," was delivered to participants at a two-day conference under way at Rome's Regina Apostolorum university. The conference is on "A New Apologetics for a New Millennium."
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I am grateful to Fr. Pedro Barrajon, L.C., for inviting me to participate in the International Congress "A New Apologetics for a New Millennium" with these remarks about the urgency of a new apologetics at the beginning of the 21st century. In my view, the proposal for a new apologetics is tied intimately with the call to a new evangelization which the Servant of God Pope John Paul II set before the Church as the principal task of her mission at the beginning of the third millennium of Christianity.
How prophetic those words are, when we see the likes of Richard Dawkins and his fellow apostles of the so-called "new" atheism addressing thousands on college campuses, with books caricaturing the doctrines and philosophy of the Christian tradition on the best seller lists. How ripe the times are for a new apologetics!