God or Nothing : A Conversation on Faith
by Cardinal Robert Sarah, Nicolas Diat
Editor: Ignatius Press
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“The idea of putting Magisterial teaching in a beautiful showcase while separating pastoral practice, which can then evolve according to circumstances, fashion, and passions, is a kind of heresy, a dangerous schizophrenic pathologyI therefore solemnly state that the Church in Africa is fiercely opposed to any rebellion against the teaching of Jesus and the Magisterium.The Church in Africa is committed in the name of the Lord Jesus to maintaining unchanged the teaching of God and the Church”Cardinal Robert Sarah In this fascinating autobiographical interview, one of the most prominent and fervent Catholic Cardinals testifies to his Christian faith and comments on a number of controversial issuesThe mission of the Church, the joy of the gospel, “the heresy of activism,” and the definition of marriage are among the themes he addresses with much wisdom and eloquenceRobert Cardinal Sarah grew up in Guinea, West AfricaInspired by the missionary priests who made great sacrifices to bring the Faith to their remote village, his parents became Catholics.Robert discerned a call to the priesthood and entered the seminary at a young age, but because of the oppression of the Church by the government of Guinea, he continued his studies outside his native countryHe studied in France and neighbouring SenegalLater he obtained a degree in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, followed by a degree in Sacred Scripture at the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum in Jerusalem.At the age of thirty-four, he became the youngest Bishop in the Catholic Church when John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Conakry, Guinea, in 1979.His predecessor had been imprisoned by the Communist government for several years, and when Mgr Sarah was targeted for the assassination of John Paul II called him to Rome to be Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of the Peo
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