I cannot possibly do justice to the entire talk here, butone theme was particularly striking. Cardinal Levada insisted on the importance of rightly understanding therelation between reason and faith as a necessary step to building bridges ofdialogue across religious traditions and between those who accept theexistence of God and those who do not. Interestingly, Cardinal Levada cited an opinion piece in the International Herald Tribune by Mark C.Taylor, the scholar of religion at
This might not seem like the ideal sentiment to appeal to ina talk on the theme of hope, but Cardinal Levada was clear in suggesting thatan appropriate understanding of faith and reason leaves room for a rationalexploration of faith and doubt. The factthat, unlike secular dogmatism, the Catholic Church understands reason to becompatible with faith and doubt, the Cardinal seemed to say, is precisely whythe Church can be an agent of hope in the midst of religious conflict.
For an interview with Cardinal Levada, see the April 30,2007 issue of America magazine.
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