It is rather scary that Angelo Scola is receiving such a push to be the next Pope. You would think the Church had suffered enough from modernists prepared to use the Gospel as picture language for German philosophy. Although ‘picturesque’ would be rather too complementary a description of Scola’s theological prose. Scola speaks almost exclusively in a special language called hegelian-gobbledigook. He came to Oxford once to deliver one of his incomprehensible Balthasarian ramblings. There were a large number of Dominican habits in the room at the beginning. When time came for the questions there were only two left. I was subsequently told by one of them that the other had begged him to stay else if they all left it would look like a deliberate walk out. The first person to put a question was a woman who said “Archbishop Scola, I would just like to say what a wonderful address you have just given. The way I see it is that there are two gods, the god of being and the god of becoming. The whole of salvation history is the story of the search of the god of being for the god of becoming, his discovery and seduction of her and the final consummation of their union….” Scola thought for a while and then said, “Yes, I agree”. The remaining Dominican left.

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