The Pope to Austrian leaders
Zenit (http://www.zenit.org/article-20447?l=english) ha Pope Benedict XVI’s address to government leaders and diplomats in Vienna. It repeats many themes of his teaching: the Christian roots of European society and culture; the necessary engagement of faith and reason; respect for human life, especially at its beginning and its end. The part about accepting children as gift, not burden or illness, is surely aimed at the declining birth rate in many parts of Europe. The talk comes from faith and appeals to faith (and reason) but it is not “preachy,” and represents, I think, a good example of how a bishop ought to preach–which is, Trent and Vatican II said, his chief duty.