DAILY CATHOLIC     MONDAY     June 8, 1998     vol. 9, no. 110

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          VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- According to the Italian news agency ANSA, the new papal encyclical to be released this autumn will be entitled Fides et Ratio-- Faith and Reason.

          This would be the 13th encyclical by Pope John Paul II. If it is indeed
    published in the autumn months, that publication come alongside the expected canonization of Edith Stein, the Jewish philosopher who became a Carmelite nun, whose work on the relationship between faith and reason has earned the Pope's explicit praise.

          According to the ANSA report, the encyclical discusses two key problems in contemporary thought: the technique of "methodological doubt" and the "neo-Gnostic" tendencies sometimes associated with New Age ideology. Through the use of methodological doubt, the Pope argues (according to ANSA), philosophers seek to put man in the center of the cosmos, as the arbiter of all truth, and with the
    capacity for total domination of his world. On the other hand the neo-Gnostic impulse-- often mixing elements of music and Asian religions-- suggests some "universal energy" rather than a Creator

          Each of these approaches contradicts the essence of Christian philosophy, the Pope argues. The ANSA report notes that Pope John Paul himself is trained as an academic philosopher, and has always paid careful attention to the latest developments in the field.

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June 8, 1998       volume 9, no. 110

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