Dialogo è accettare l'altro come è e come egli stesso si definisce e si presenta a noi, di non cessare di essere se stessi mentre ci si confronta con il diverso, di essere consapevoli che la nostra identità esce arricchita e non sminuita da chi di questa identità non accetta alcuni elementi, magari anche quelli che noi riteniamo fondamentali. La riconciliazione è possibile, tra i cristiani e nella compagnia degli uomini. (Enzo Bianchi, priore della Comunità di Bose)

The CDth Anniversary of This Blog's Namesake's Death

"Today is the 400th anniversary of the death of Matteo Ricci (Li Madou), the legendary Jesuit who was born in 1552 and died in 1610," reminds Michael Kelly — Matteo Ricci, Jesuit and Chinese pioneer. "His life and the example of his approach to China have been a matter of constant fascination, study and research, not least in the last six months with three international conferences - in Taipei, Paris and San Francisco - assessing his significance," the author writes. "He was the first to propose and successfully live a completely fresh way for the West to engage with China." His mentor, Fr. Alessandro Valignano (1539-1606), proposed "an Indian Catholicism for India, a Japanese Catholicism for Japan, a Chinese Catholicism for China."

Frederick Manligas Nacino has posted audio of a talk given by Dr. Anthony Clark on this missionary "hailed as the Western world's greatest 'foreign guest' to China for his contributions to Chinese science, cartography, calendrics, mathematics, and philosophy," and is "one of the founders of Catholic apologetics, a controversial accomodationist, and one of history's most brilliant thinkers" — The Evangilazation of Matteo Ricci. "One thing is certain, in the fields of Sinology, map making, mission history, Sino-Western relations, linguistics, and Chinese history, among the first and most significant names conjured will be Matteo Ricci; his legacy in world history is enormous, even if too often overlooked or underappreciated."


The Western Confucian

11 maggio 2010