.- The Catholic Church in Italy is preparing for Christmas with a meeting of ecclesiastical, scientific and cultural leaders to discuss âthe question of God.â
The international event, organized by the Italian bishopsâ conference, will be held from Dec. 10 to 12.
Titled âGod today: with Him or without Him, that changes everything,â its attendees will hear from bishops, philosophers, theologians, scientists, artists, musicians, poets, scholars, and men and women of different faiths.
The originator of the event, Cardinal Camillo Ruini, will be one of the speakers, Vatican expert Sandro Magister writes at Chiesa.
âThe question of God is not exclusive to the West,â the cardinal said at a Friday presentation to the media. âScientific language is increasingly more universal, and therefore also universalizes its own negation of God.
âFor this reason, the West has a debt to pay to the whole world: not to remove, but to clarify for itself the reasons for faith in God. Only in this way will it be capable of dialoguing with different cultures, principally those of Asia, instead of closing in on itself.â
The eventâs other scheduled speakers include German philosopher Robert Spaemann, British philosopher Roger Scruton, the French philosopher RÃ©mi Brague and Vatican Museum director Antonio Paolucci.
Topics to be discussed include God in music, cinema, television, and the sciences. âGod and violenceâ and âGod in beautyâ will be other themes, as will creation and evolution.
Magister reports that the aim of the event is to revive a âpositive encounterâ between the faith and the culture of today. In his view, the event is harmonious with Pope Benedictâs approach and is an example of the mystery of God being rejected by the dominant culture but being alive in the hearts and minds of the âlittle ones.â