Research the Christian Roots, Says Pontiff

Says Society Needs More Openness to Spirituality

VATICAN CITY, DEC. 21, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI urged the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology to advance research into society’s Christian roots because society needs a culture more open to spiritual realities.

In the Pope’s address Saturday to the delegation of professors and students, which was led by the institute’s grand chancellor, Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, the Pontiff wished to show “living appreciation” for the institute’s “precious and fruitful cultural, literary, and academic activity.”

The institute, the Pontiff noted, has as its principal objective “the study of the vestiges of ecclesial life throughout the centuries,” and offers the opportunity of penetrating into the complex reality of the Church of the first centuries, “to understand the past, making it present to the men of today.”

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This is great to hear from our Holy Father. Thomas Wood’s book, *How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization *gives a really good overview of the Church’s role in establishing all of the building blocks of western civilization and western thought. Much of this knowledge is not taught and is occluded by anti-Catholic prejudice.

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