Timely words from Pope Benedict on Beauty, Truth, Goodness and the Arts


Cautions Against Valuing Mere Appearances

VATICAN CITY, NOV. 25, 2008 (Zenit.org).- The search for beauty without truth and goodness can drive young people to fly toward artificial paradises that simply hide interior emptiness, says Benedict XVI.

For complete text of this article, please visit Zenit:   http://www.zenit.org/article-24363?l=english

And the same story covered by Catholic News Service:

Superficial beauty is fleeting, fails to inspire, pope says
By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Beauty that is only skin deep cannot last, cannot lead people to seek what is really true and good and cannot respond to the human longing for something that inspires genuine awe, Pope Benedict XVI said.

In a message to the joint session of the pontifical academies Nov. 25, Pope Benedict said the lives of individual Christians as well as the work of Christian artists, writers and poets should help people see that authentic truth, beauty and goodness are always intertwined.  
   (Click the CNS link above to read the full article.)


* As you can tell from the review on this site, this is a timely message in the wake of The Twilight Saga books and movie…. In his address, Pope Benedict quoted Pope John Paul II’s “Letter to Artists” in which he called upon artists “to stir up awe at and desire for the beautiful, form the sensitivity of souls and nourish the passion for all that which is an authentic expression of the human genius and a reflection of divine beauty.”  Crass exploitation of the passions is not elevating.  It does not form a sensitivity to beauty in souls.  In fact, it desensitizes and manipulates.  

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