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By Diane Montagna, LifeSiteNews, Feb 25, 2020
ROME, February 25, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — The Vatican prelate tasked with organizing the Global Education Pact to be signed at the Vatican on May 14 has explained the theological vision at the heart of Pope Francis’s “new humanism,” in which God withdraws in order to allow for the possibility of human freedom.
Speaking to LifeSite at a Global Education Pact workshop, hosted at the Vatican by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on February 6–7 (see full text below), Archbishop Vincenzo Zani, secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education, said: “[T]he pope, in the message with which he launched the initiative … makes reference to the need to launch a ‘new humanism.’”
Archbishop Zani explained this vision with reference to Michelangelo’s depiction of Creation in the Sistine Chapel, where Pope Francis will preside over an interreligious event to launch the Global Education Pact on May 13. “The finger of God encounters the finger of man but they do not touch[.] … [W]e see God who gives man strength, liberty and life but leaves him free. It is an encounter of freedom where there is a presence of God that does not crush man but frees him,” he said.
Archbishop Zani’s vision is in marked contrast to the traditional Catholic understanding of God’s omnipotence, which is the cause of and not an obstacle to human freedom. ….