Benedict's second encyclical is out.
[Always with a shudder, one turns to look at how the media is presenting this story. Here's the Reunters tagline: New Papal encyclical blasts atheism, promises hope.
Reutners Africa has some quotes from the encyclical. It starts out with this one:
The atheism of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries is -- in its origins and aims -- a type of moralism: a protest against the injustices of the world and of world history. A world marked by so much injustice, innocent suffering, and cynicism of power cannot be the work of a good God. A God with responsibility for such a world would not be a just God, much less a good God. It is for the sake of morality that this God has to be contested. Since there is no God to create justice, it seems man himself is now called to establish justice. If in the face of this world's suffering, protest against God is understandable, the claim that humanity can and must do what no God actually does or is able to do is both presumptuous and intrinsically false.Yeah, quite a "blast" that. IHT's headline, following AP, is a little better: Pope criticizes atheism, modern Christianity in encyclical on hope.]
Can't wait to read it!