What Is Catholicism? Questions With Answers | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | May 1, 2007
"The University and humanity are in need of questions. Whenever questions are no longer asked, even those that concern the essential and go beyond any specialization, we no longer receive answers, either." -- Benedict XVI, To Theological Faculty of the University of Tübingen, March 21, 2007.
"If all intellectual inquiry is really only questioning, then it is not even questioning, because unless there is an answer, there really is not a question. It is something else. It is a kind of intellectual tourism perhaps, or intellectual debunking. It is essentially the old sophistry, Plato's opponents." -- Msgr. Robert Sokolowski, Correspondence, April 17, 2007.
The modern Church, taking up an ancient process, has, it seems, been talking of little else but "dialogue" for some time. The Church has endeavored to "dialogue" with everyone, even with those most reluctant to associate with it. If we look behind the initiatives in recent decades that arrange formal discussion about the highest of religious and social topics, the impetus almost always comes from the Catholic side. It is the Catholic Church in the modern world that, in practice, thinks that differences can and must be first resolved in reason. It is the faith that professes to be bound by reason. This is the import of Benedict XVI's "Regensburg Lecture." It insists that there are no places for either philosophy or religion to hide from the necessity to explain and justify what one stands for and what one lives by. The Church wants to know the "reason" why anyone, including itself, will not be reasonable or why he does not think he is bound by reason.