On the last day of the calendar year – the day on which the Church celebrates Saint Sylvester, the Pope of Constantine and of the Council of Nicaea – Pope Benedict XVI concluded his earthly pilgrimage.
With the death of Benedict XVI, not only does a fine theologian and a great European intellectual leave us, but an era comes to an end, that of the Second Vatican Council (and of the troubled post-conciliar period) and perhaps also the age of the Church as the soul of a civilization. With Saint Sylvester I the Church became the soul of the Roman Empire from Britain to Egypt, from the Iberian peninsula to Syria, from the Atlantic to the Black Sea, today the Church led by Jorge Mario Bergoglio has completely given up on the idea of shaping, inform and guide a civilization. The very idea of societas christiana or Civiltà Cristiana is extraneous to the theological-ideological and pastoral drift embodied by the pontificate of Francis who indeed seems to propose the inverse paradigm with the world, sociologically understood, elevated to theological place to which the Church, doctrine and preaching conform.
Joseph Ratzinger, on the other hand, as theologian and Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, then as Roman Pontiff, always had the Christian identity of Europe and of Magna Europe at heart, he never gave up on the idea that the Christian civilization were to be archived as something outdated, always intended to reaffirm the inseparability of faith and reason, of faith and culture, therefore the necessary civilization of Christianity.
Very dear to the thinker Ratzinger was the providential encounter between Divine Revelation and the Greek logos (and the Roman ius ) or between the Word of God and classical rational speculation capable of reaching the heights of metaphysics as well as the rigor of dialectics and logic analysis, the natural moral law and a true anthropology-psychology. Ratzinger strongly opposed the process of de-Hellenization of Christianity that had been going on for more than half a century in the Church, indeed he reiterated the providentiality of the encounter between Greco-Roman classicism and Biblical Revelation, an encounter from which Christian Civilization was born.
On the moral and political level Ratzinger-Benedict XVI denounced the evil of nihilism which corrodes the modern and post-modern West, indicated in the dictatorship of relativism the form of a new subtle totalitarianism, forcefully taught the non-negotiability (not only on the moral level but also on the public juridical and political one) of natural principles such as the defense of human life from conception to natural death, the recognition of marriage as a monogamous and indissoluble union of a man and a woman open to life, the educational freedom of parents who they (and not the State) have, by God, the task of educating their offspring. Ratzinger’s refusal to oppose gender ideology and the claim to morally legitimize and legally recognize homosexual unions is also rigorous and strong.
READ ON BELOW…Benedetto e l’Autodemolizione dell’Occidente. Marcello Pera, Van Thuan. : STILUM CURIAE