God or Nothing
"The idea of putting Magisterial teaching in a beautiful display case while separating it from pastoral practice, which then could evolve along with circumstances, fashions, and passions, is a sort of heresy, a dangerous schizophrenic pathology. I therefore solemnly state that the Church in Africa is staunchly opposed to any rebellion against the teaching of Jesus and of...more
Africa is not mission territory. Africa is the missionaries. Let us hope they can have effect soon.
My first two reviews were deleted [not by me] and didn't 'save'.
Robert Cardinal Sarah is rumored to be someone who could be a future Pope of the Catholic Church With that in mind, I read this book, subtitled: A conversation on Faith with Nicolas Diat.
The format involves Diat asking questions of the Cardinal and his [mostly] lengthy responses. For instance, Do you think that John Paul 11 was a prophet? But many issues are discussed in the book that interest most ...more
I heard recently that Africa will be the key to redemption of the Catholic Church. I believe Cardinal Sarah may be leading this revolution. Obviously written not long before the real extent of the scandals unfolded but a reflection of a very smart man with a heart for God.
I wish I was half the man of Cardinal Sarah, such an intellectual man of wisdom, faith, hope & love with exceptional knowing.
Much of the intellect and depth of this book is beyond my reach but ...more
This man could very much one day be the first modern Pope from Africa.
Now that's what I call meritocracy.
The book was very good, especially on the topic of personal prayer, where it was inspiring to me. Yet it was also full of good content about the theological and philosophical outlook of the modern world, and of the Church itself.
I finished it feeling that I should read it again soon in order to absorb all the good content better, so I think that's worthy of a rare four-star rating.
The interview style takes a chapter or two to get used to. Cardinal Robert Sarah is a very holy man, with a story you want to hear and a faith you want to share in.
From p. 280, an excerpt:
“...How can we ignore the sorrowful cry of the prophet Isiah: The righteous man perishes, and no one lays it to heart, devout men are taken away, while no one understands.” (Isiah 57:1)
While Christians are dying for their faith and their fidelity to Jesus, in the ...more