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BlacklistWhat Catholics Shouldn't Read
"The dictionary of dangerous thinking" and many other publications of the publishing house Il Timone are directed against a church like that of Pope Francis. The Vatican expert Marco Politi is convinced of this:
"The revolution that Pope Francis set in motion makes him many enemies. The most dangerous are those enemies who do not appear openly, do not attack him directly. These are above all personalities from his own church who do not agree with his ideas poor church for poor people, who agree with his idea of a transparent church. Those who find it bad that he wants the divorced and remarried to take part in the Eucharist. "
Non-believers should be silent
In the publications of the publishing house Il Timone, one wants to fight resolutely against such a church, which is in favor of modernity. The head of the publishing house makes no secret of which approaches he considers dangerous.
"The first thing to do is accept that God exists. Anyone who says God doesn't exist and still thinks they have to talk about the Church, well, how can you take such a person seriously?"
Gianpaolo Barra believes that non-believers should keep their mouths shut when it comes to God, church and religion. But even those, according to his credo, should hold back who only believe parts of what Catholics should believe.
"Even those who believe in God, but not in the historical truthfulness of the Gospels, who therefore question the holy texts, are questionable for me."
Barra is director of the media company Il Timone, in German: the rudder. Like a good captain, he advocates that someone in the Catholic Church must finally take the helm again.
Manual against religious confusion
The media company that Barra heads publishes a magazine called "Il Timone" and various books. The publisher is also called the Institute for Apologetics. The Roman Catholic worldview and the dogmas it represents are to be defended. And because these are in danger of being watered down, according to Gianpaolo Barra, devout Catholics need a vademecum, a manual, so that they can find their way through the ideological and religious confusion of modern times. For this reason, Barra recently published the "Elementary Dictionary of Dangerous Thinking" in German. One of the 30 authors is the sociologist Massimo Introvigne. His aim is to defend the doctrine, the Catholic dogmas:
"Because without doctrines our faith slips into a kind of sentimentalism."
And that, according to Introvigne, must be prevented. Today, as can be read in the foreword of the "Dictionary of Dangerous Thinking", the Church no longer makes specifications about who is a good or bad author, who is a church-compliant or a heretical author. That was different in previous centuries. The publisher "Il Timone" and the "Institute for Apologetics" want to fill this gap. They give clues as to which writers, journalists, philosophers and theologians a practicing Catholic should not read.
Around 200 authors should therefore be avoided: for example the writers Dario Fo, Virgina Woolf and Umberto Eco, the politician Mahatma Gandhi, the thinkers Descartes, Hegel and Kant, the poet Leopardi, the civil rights activist Martin Luther King and many others. The "Dictionary of Dangerous Thinking" takes one of these authors per chapter and tries to explain to the reader what is wrong with his thinking and what contradicts church teaching.
Better not read
Better not read! This also applies to some authors of the Catholic Church. Such as the Brazilian bishop and theologian Hélder Camara, the Jesuit and German theologian Karl Rahner, the Italian Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini. Even the texts of a close friend of Pope Francis should be avoided by Catholics. The theologian Vito Mancuso is therefore dangerous. He, like 15 other Catholic clergy, is accused of propagating a Catholicism that is based on fashions and no longer corresponds to Catholic doctrine.
Quite a few of the authors of "Il Timone", like the publishing house itself, work with the Rome-based non-governmental organization Dignitatis Humanae Institute, or DHI for short. The association is supported by Raymond Burke, the cardinal who was among the first to congratulate Donald Trump on his election and who is considered an avowed opponent of Pope Francis. All of them, Cardinal Raymond Burke, the DHI and the media company Il Timone with its "Dictionary of Dangerous Thought" are, according to Vatican expert Marco Politi, alluding to his latest book "Pope Francis among Wolves": They are the wolves that make it up target those Catholics who think differently from them.
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