Italian Fields Medal, Enrico Bombieri: «who is Catholic and goes to Mass»

An Italian won again the Fields Medal, considered the Nobel for Mathematics. It was assigned to Alessio Figalli, 34 years old and full professor at the ETH of Zurich. The famous prize turns tricolour after 44 years, when it was assigned to Enrico Bombieri.

Bombieri, Professor at Princeton University (USA), has always been seen with some annoyance by Professor Piergiorgio Odifreddi, who, in his book Perché Dio non esiste (Aliberti 2010), complained: «It seems to me that Carlo Rubbia is Catholic. Enrico Bombieri, Fields Medal, is Catholic and goes to Mass» (p. 122).

We had already recalled the beautiful interview that Bombieri released to writer Francesco Agnoli, in which the mathematician had the chance to reflect a lot on the relationship between science and metaphysics, by explaining: «For me, mathematics is a model of truth, even though a model pretty much limited by precise clear rules of consistency, that tells us that an absolute Truth (with capital T) must exist, although we cannot understand it. Mathematics, which is the science of logica truth, certainly helps us understand things, and it is natural for a mathematician believing in God, whatever his denomination is, to reconcile the concept...

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The false numbers of clandestine abortion, always used as pretext

However they try to pass off that action as an act of freedom, in the interest of the woman and even of her health, abortion remains what everyone knows: the killing of a human life. History shows us that this lie has always been necessary to make the public opinion swallow its liberalisation.

And it went so all over the world, and thus also in the USA, at the beginning of the 70s. The Supreme Court legalised the interruption of pregnancy with the famous and strongly contested ruling Roe vs Jane Roe”; Norma Leath Mc Corvey gets married to a violent man at the age of only sixteen, has two children, and during the third pregnancy asks the State of Texas to be authorised to have an abortion: the authorisation was conceded to her. She starts her pro-abortion commitment (years after the approval of the law bearing her name she converted to the Catholic Faith and became a pro-life activist). The law was approved of in 1973 at the Federal level and bears, indeed, her name.

As has been well well reconstructed, during the discussion of the law the data were falsified: every year – reported the media – between 5.000 and 10.000 women died because of clandestine abortions. The truth emerged only successively and revealed another situation. Examining the data of the decades and of the years prior to 1973, for example in 1930, the Guttmacher Institute (which...

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Priests in France: “traditionalists” in communion with Francis are growing

A news gave great annoyance to the friends of the “anti-Papist resistance”. In France, one of the Western countries with the greatest crisis of priestly ordinations, 20% of ordained priests would be a “traditionalist”.

One of the exultant comments was the following: «an important sign, in consideration of the open disfavour that the reigning Pontiff showed on several occasions towards the young priests who prefer the tradition of the Church». There is a malignant and purposeful confusion between the adhesion to Tradition and with the celebration of Mass in Latin, so as to induce to think that only priests using the Vetus Ordo would be in line with the Catholic doctrine. Unjustly involving Francis, additionally, is the confirmation that in certain environments any news is used to attack the Pope: the most fecund ordination groups would be those unfavoured by Bergoglio. This is the bad message that someone wants to transmit.

False is also the affirmation that Francis would unfavourably look on the ancient rite; it is an erroneous belief born at the time when the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate were put under the administration of an external commissioner, and the Holy See induced them to celebrate the liturgy according to the ordinary rite. But – as...

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When the progressivist priest Panikkar asked for forgiveness

panikkkar priestIf you do not know Raimundo Panikkar, then this story will be new for you. If, instead, you know who he is, it will be a novelty anyway, because no-one – but really no-one – reports how the earthly path of this icon of the post-1968 progressivism ended.

Son of an Indian man and of a Spanish woman, philosopher and syncretistic theologian, susprended priest, ex member of Opus Dei, member of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIS) and professor at Harvard and at the University of California. All this was, in sum, Panikkar.

Ordained Catholic priest in 1964, he was one of the first presbyters of Opus Dei. His journey to India in 1955 and his contact with spiritualistic religions led him to radically syncretistic convictions, which very soon led him to a personal crisis of identity («he got lost in the details of the Indian religion: paraphrasing the title of one of his books, between the silence of God and the answers of Buddha», wrote Armando Torno). «I left Europe as a Christian, I discovered myself Hindu, and I came back as a Buddhist, without having ever ceased to be Christian», says a famous quote of his’. In 1961, he wrote one of his most famous books, The Unknown Christ of Hinduism, where he affirms: «It is obvious that the “Logos”, which was in the beginning and then incarnated in time, cannot be identified with Jesus of Nazareth...

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Msgr. Lemaître, father of the Big Bang: he changed the mind of Albert Einstein

albert einsteinEven Google celebrated the anniversary of the birth of Msgr. Georges Lemaître (17th of July), father of the Big Bang and the one who opened the contemporary era of cosmology.

Priest and physicist of Belgian descent, he does not only represent one of the greatest scientific revolutionaries in history, he is not only a universal example of the compatibility between science and faith, but he was also the one who, with utmost humility, corrected his friend and colleague Albert Einstein. Three were the main public contacts between Lemaître and Einstein, in which the Belgian Jesuit converted the father of relativity to the theory of the birth and of the continuous expansion of the Universe.

Born in 1984 in Charleroi, young Lemaître’s precocity for science was parallel to his religious vocation, so much so that at 9 years ago he decided to become priest. He followed, however, his parents’ advice and was educated at the Jesuits’ schools. In 1922 he published a little thesis on Einstein’s physics that brought him to Cambridge University as researcher in astronomy. Almost parallelly, he was ordained priest, on September 1923, at the age of 29. He started to collaborate with famous astrophysicist Arthur Eddington and, in 1927, Lemaître anticipated (on the Annales de la société scientifique de Bruxelles) what is today known as Hubble’s Law, which concerns the speed at which galaxies separate from each other (recession of nebulae).

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«The churches’ bells are most beautiful». Dawkins surprises again

bell dawkins«Listening to the lovely bells of Winchester, one of our great mediaeval cathedrals». This was the tweet from the most famous fundamentalist atheist in the world, Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion. He fought for years to annihilate the “virus of religion”, but today, somewhat older, he sits on a bench while admiring the Winchester Cathedral. Who would have said it?

Dawkins, after ascertaining to «have failed» – as he had already admitted in 2008 – is maturing a reconsideration of his position. The topics concerning the inexistence of the Creator have left room for the more political ones (anti-Trump, anti-Brexit etc.), and always more frequently he is showing worried about the advance of Islam across Europe, so as to rediscover himself by reaction «culturally Christian», as he defined himself in 2013.

In the recent tweet we are commenting, indeed, he added: «[Bells are] so much nicer than the aggressive-sounding “Allahu Akhbar.” Or is that just my cultural upbringing?». After having been covered with criticisms and insults (those he never received when he acted as a...

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How not to lose faith? How to transform it from feeling to certainty?

Stimulating is the new lay confession on the part of writer Teju Cole, guest at the Festival la Milenesiana. It is the witness of a Protestant Christian who let himself fall into sceptical agnosticism. He fell into doubt like many. But how not to lose faith? How can it mature so as to become certainty?

Let us look at the experience of the writer: all began when he wondered whether «the Bible really was the only truth of existence». He realised he could answer only by assuming as true what the Bible itself said. Already here there is the symptom of a weakness, of a mistake: a lonely man, with his Bible. But in Christianity, the Truth is not the Bible, but a Person: “I am the way, the truth, and the life”. And the truth cannot be possessed, but only be met. Chritianity (in particular, Catholicism) is not a religion of the Book, and, without the personal experience of meeting Christ, faith cannot hold only on the basis of written pages, albeit divinely inspired. It is he, Teju Cole, who should have been able to give reason for what the Truth of existence is, without putting the blame on the Holy Scriptures.

 

Where did Jesus Christ has been remaining present in history?

Thus, the “confession” goes on: «a morning, at 27 years old, I woke up and discovered to have lost faith». Inevitable destiny when there...

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The Economist (pro Obama) supports Trump: no to gender self-identification

The Economist, gender, and Trump. After the decision by the American president to abolish gender and to link sex to what is anatomicaly evident at birth, the British magazine surprisingly maintains it is a mistake to liberalise the self-identification of sex.

 

Even the Economist says so. Over 1 million copies sold every month, the famous British weekly magazine is the best-known economic and financial magazine in the world and the most active British press agency to have supported the administration of Barack Obama. Since 2004 it has openly and explicitly advocated "egalitarian marriage", the legalization of prostitution and drugs, and even the theory of voluntary human extinction to save the planet. The ideological context of origin is therefore clear.

 

“Sex is determined only on a clear and objective biological basis”

This has increased the amazement for an editorial of the Economist deemed to be in favour of Donald Trump and even to support him against gender self-identification for trans people. The current American president would indeed be preparing a bill to establish in a legal way that the sex of a person is determined only “on a biological basis that... Read more...
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Sexual abuses: President of American atheists accused

Even David Silverman, President of American Atheists – the main secularist organisation in the USA –, has been removed from his charge after believable complaints of sexual assault. Identical specific charges have been recently made against the last celebrity of the atheist world, physicist Lawrence Krauss. Some years ago, instead, this happened to the founder of the main atheist magazine, Michael Shermer.

The American Catholic Church (and Chilean, in particular) is coping with the terrible scandal of paedophilia, for which we all feel enormously humiliated and angry. But, in its little, even the atheist community is hit by a spread phenomenon related, also in this case, to sexual abuse, albeit towards women. Beside misogyny and discrimination of women. Crimes and scandals about which few talk and which – why not – it should be made known that is being defined by lay feminists even as an epidemic, many of them having been victim of the abuses and of the veil of secrecy.

Silverman had been the great priest of American atheists...

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A.R. Wallace discovered biological evolution: «It is guided by a Mind»

The book Nature’s Prophet (University Alabama Press 2018), dedicated to Alfred Russel Wallace, was published some days ago. The author, Michael A. Flannery, science historian at the University of Alabama di Birmingham has held that Wallace’s formulation of biological evolution was totally incompatible with Darwin’s. Indeed, his theory developed in a theological context. A theistic evolution, we may say.

Flannery, member of the controversial movement Intelligent design, suggested that this very theological opening was fatal for him from the viewpoint of fame, which was gained almost exclusively by his competitor Charles Darwin, co-discoverer of natural selection. This cannot be excluded, although it must be remembered that many of the first Darwinists were theists and Christians, existentially much closer to Wallace than to agnostic Darwin. Let us think of Asa Gray, Lyell, Herschel, Henslow, Mivart, De Filippi, Chambers, Rosa, De Nouy, Sinnott, and Marcozzi.

Entomologist George Beccaloni, who in 2013 curated an exhibition on Wallace at the Natural History Museum, explained: «Wallace was the one who had the paper ready for publication, and if he’d sent it directly to a journal, it would have been published and natural selection would have been Wallace’s discovery». Instead, the naturalist chose...

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Going to Mass also benefits mental health: a new study

«The new data suggests a person’s religious involvement benefits their mental health by promoting social engagement providing psychological resources (hope, optimism, sense of meaning) and promoting healthier lifestyles». A new study, published on Sleep Health: Journal of National Sleep Foundation, refers it.

Another time, Blaise Pascal won his wager. The mathematician, indeed, dared to make a provoking reflection: who believes in God always wins, because, if God exists, he will obtain salvation. If he is wrong, he will have lived anyway a more serene existence than who does not believe. «Religion and spirituality positively affect a person’s health and quality», wrote Christopher Ellison, from the UTSA Department of Sociology.

The recent US study, therefore, adds to the copious scientific literature on this topic, which we wanted to collect in a specific dossier of ours.

For the sake of completeness, we shall report the result of the most recent research: married couples attending Mass together live longer, have less probabilities of getting depressed, and have less probabilities of getting divorced, according to the Harvard School of Public...

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Msgr. Viganò condemned: he stole from his disabled brother while he scolded the Pope

Judgment against Msgr. Viganò. The Tribunal of Milan condemned Washington’s former Apostolic Nuncio to pay a maxi-compensation to his disabled brother, Fr. Lorenzo. The dark scolder of Pope Francis had just written that “The Lord will render to every one of us according to our actions”.

 

“Dark”. So we had defined the biography of Carlo Maria Viganò, Washington’s former Apostolic Nuncio, when he decided to publish his report against Pope Francis, by openly asking him to resign. Yes, because we immediately noticed that the moralising Monsignor was involved in fraudolent public procurements and false invoicing, sued by his sister Rosanna for the misappropriation of 900 million Lire, and accused by his other brother, Lorenzo, of being a liar and of having lied even to Benedict XVI. A dark portrait emerged out of it, indeed: money, revenge, and power.

However, at that time his dossier, his reconstruction of the McCarrick case, and his multiple charges of immorality against dozens of his brothers in Christ and the Pontiff. We dealt with that and showed that his main criticism against Pope Francis was false: he had not rehabilitated Card. McCarrick at all, who had been assiduosly attending...

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Shroud of Turin and “false bloodstains”: Dr. Di Lazzaro debunks the study

We come back, albeit briefly, on the recent study of the Shroud of Turin, concerning the pathway followed by the blood. The authors, Luigi Garlaschelli and Matteo Borrini, poured some blood on a mannequin and on the body of Garlashcelli himself, thereby comparing the blood’s pathways observable on the famous linen cloth and concluding their incompatibility. But the mistake is macroscopic, as we have written.

The kind of surface on which the liquid flows is fundamental in imprinting a certain type of trajectory on it compared to another. For this reason, it is methodologically incorrect to have compared a mannequin’s smooth plastic and the the clean and intact skin of Garlaschelli, in an aseptic lab, with the body of the Man of the Shroud, victim of tortures, flagellations, wounds, skin tumefactions, and dehydratation. Without considering, besides, the different blood density of a man dead because of traumatic stresses as opposed to the one of the blood used in the experiment.

All these are variables that clearly influenced the blood flow in a crucial way: in consideration of the two profoundly different situations put in comparison, an overlapping of the results would have been unrealistic and impossible. The criticism...

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The “forced Christianisation” of the Americas? Some historical clarifications.

Some talk about the forced evangelisation of the Americas. This was done yesterday by historian Edmondo Lupieri in his Identità e conquista (Feltrinelli 2005). We read about “colonialism”, “Christian conquests”, and “imposition of Christianity”. What is true about that?

Things should be historically clarified, and we did so in our specific dossier dedicated to the topic: relating the Catholic religion to colonialism is a controversial operation. Beside the fact that many “Catholic” sovereigns – those of Spain, France, and Portugal – were such in quite nominal a way (whilst England, the Netherlands, and other countries had already adhered to the Reformation), the authorities of the Church were often elected and governed directly by the king and not by the Pontiffs.

The Popes, in any cases, already in 1435 (with the bull “Sicut Dudum” by Eugene IV), condemned the enslavement of indigenous people under threat of excommunication (here the in-depth analysis) and, since 1537 with the bull “Veritas Ipsa”, wiped out the appetites for slavery over the populations of the New World by proclaiming that “Indios veros homines esse”. A queen deemed historically a genuine...

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The ex ISIS executioner who found peace by converting to Christ

The conversion of Muslims. In Iran the path of the ex terrorist of ISIS, the jihadist group. But many are the stories of conversions from Islam, and many have to do with dreams.

 

Heart4Iran is an associations of Christians devoted to the evangelisation in Iran and in close contact with Muslims. They also run a TV channel, Mohabat TV, which deals with news and assists the Iranian Christian Church. Amongst one million daily viewers, though, there are also many Muslims.

Some months ago, a particular call arrived at the TV switchboard. Nazanin Baghestani, supervisor of Mohabat TV, recounted to have talked to a man who revealed to be one of the ISIS executioners, the jihadist terrorist group. He wanted to understand something more on Christ and reported to experience frequent nightmares and apprehension.

Nazanin met the man, whose name is kept secret, and a friendship, a dialogue, started out of it. «One night» – he said: «after we’d prayed and talked with him and read the word, he slept. And that night he said ‘that was the first night I could sleep in peace’». From what the supervisor of Mohabat TV reported, the ex executioner started a path of forgiveness towards himself, thereby finding peace and freedom in Christ, even in view of the immense evil he is always more conscious of having committed.

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