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Stiamo ritornando indietro, ai tempi dell'impero romano?

Nella omelia improvvisata da papa Ratzinger, il giorno 8 gennaio 2006, nella cappella Sistina, durante la celebrazione della giornata del battesimo, emergono dei temi scottanti che riguardano l'imbarbarimento dei costumi in atto nella nostra società. Tale involuzione presenta caratteristiche molto simili a quelle della società del 1° secolo, ai tempi dell'impero romano. Il resoconto della omelia papale è del giornalista inglese Crispian Balmer, della Reuters.

RITORNANO GLI ECCESSI E GLI STRAVIZI DELL’IMPERO ROMANO?

UN PARAGONE FRA LA ROMA DEL 21° SECOLO CON QUELLA DEL 1° SECOLO

N.S. Gill, href="http://ancienthistory.about.com/b/a/233909.htm?nl=1">guida di
About.com, ha segnalato questo articolo di Crispian Balmer, tratto da href="http://today.reuters.co.uk/news">REUTERS.UK, che si riferisce ad una
recente omelia di papa Ratzinger, pronunciata a Roma il giorno 8 gennaio 2006,
in occasione della giornata del battesimo, celebrata nella cappella Sistina. Uno
dei temi centrali emersi in questo discorso pubblico è la condanna di tutti
quegli eccessi del mondo moderno, che agevolano e diffondono quella che egli
definisce una “cultura della morte”, che ha molte analogie con quella tendenza
che ebbe larga diffusione nel mondo antico, ai tempi dell’impero romano.

Indipendentemente da quelle che possono essere le
convinzioni personali, dal punto di vista storico il richiamo del pontefice non
sembra fuori luogo. Basta infatti rileggersi le pagine di storia romana che
riguardano certi imperatori, in primis Nerone, uno dei personaggi più noti per
le sue stravaganze, per ammettere che sostanzialmente il papa non ha torto a
richiamarsi al passato, un passato tutto costellato di eccessi, eccidi,
perversioni che non hanno nulla a che fare con la gioia di vivere pura e
semplice, che dovrebbe caratterizzare l’uomo e la società di tutti i
tempi.

L’articolo del corrispondente inglese è uno stimolo per tutti a riflettere
sulla odierna società in tutti i suoi aspetti civili, politici, economici,
religiosi.

Un grazie di cuore a N.S. Gill per la sua segnalazione.

L’articolo in questione è riportato integralmente qui di seguito.








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By Crispian Balmer

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict performed the first baptisms of his
pontificate on Sunday, using the occasion to launch an impassioned denunciation
of irresponsible sex and a “culture of death” that he said pervaded the modern
world.

Pope Benedict, abandoning his prepared sermon, compared the wild excesses of
the ancient Roman empire to 21st century society and urged people to
rediscover their faith
.

“In our times we need to say ‘no’ to the largely dominant culture
of death
,” Benedict said during his improvised homily in the
frescoed Sistine Chapel where he was elected Pope last April.

(There is) an anti-culture demonstrated by the flight to drugs, by the
flight from reality, by illusions, by false happiness … displayed in sexuality
which has become pure pleasure devoid of responsibility,”
he
added.

Benedict did not spell out what he meant by a “culture of death”, but the
phrase was a rallying cry of his predecessor John Paul who regularly used the
term to define abortion and artificial birth control.

With Michelangelo’s dramatic depiction of the Last Judgement as a backdrop,
Benedict attacked the “thing-ification of mankind”, suggesting that people had
become little more than objects to be traded, picked up and discarded at
will.

He singled out ancient Rome’s Colosseum amphitheatre and the gardens of the
emperor Nero, where Christians were once martyred, as a “real perversion of joy
and a perversion of the sense of life.”

“The anti-culture of death was a love of lies and of deceit. It was an
abuse of the body as a commodity and as a product. Even in our times there is
this culture and we must say ‘No’ to it,”
he said.

It was the first time since he became Pope that Benedict has ignored the
prepared text of his homily, sent to the media beforehand, and instead spoken at
length off the cuff.

The official speech focused on the significance of baptism, which marks the
admission of a person into the community of Christians.

Benedict was following in John Paul’s footsteps by performing baptisms in the
Sistine Chapel on the day when Roman Catholics remember Christ’s own baptism in
the river Jordan.

“This is a ‘yes’ to Christ, a ‘yes’ to the victors of death, a ‘yes’ to
life,”
Benedict said before carefully pouring water on the heads of the
babies - 5 girls and 5 boys.

John Paul baptised almost 1,400 infants during his 26-year reign, but was
forced to miss the Sistine Chapel ceremony in the last two years of his
pontificate because of ill-health.

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