Pope Benedict’s Third Force: Nice Agnostics Like Me

As an agnostic, it’s nice to learn that the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI (a.k.a Cardinal Ratzinger), wants to make solidarity with me in pursuit of truth, goodness, and peace. In a recent speech, here’s part of what he said about those of us who are agnostics:

In addition to the two phenomena of religion and anti-religion, a further basic orientation is found in the growing world of agnosticism: people to whom the gift of faith has not been given, but who are nevertheless on the lookout for truth, searching for God. Such people do not simply assert: “There is no God”. They suffer from his absence and yet are inwardly making their way towards him, inasmuch as they seek truth and goodness. They are “pilgrims of truth, pilgrims of peace”. They ask questions of both sides. […] We are animated by the common desire to be “pilgrims of truth, pilgrims of peace”.

The pope puts agnosticism eloquently, and, contra Jason Rosenhouse, I actually see myself in his description, but I can’t get past the fact that its coming from the mouth of a man who actively protects pedophiles.

Sorry. There’s no goodness there; no making common cause with someone who can do that. When the pope submits himself to arrest by the proper secular legal authorities, then he and I can talk.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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