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God at the Ritz: Attraction to Infinity, A Priest-Physicist Talks About Science, Sex, Politics, and Religion Hardcover – April 1, 2002
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Trained as a physicist and a Roman Catholic priest, Albacete has written a fine book of short reflections on religion, its place in our world, its at-times troubled relationship to its own truth claims, the meaning of suffering, and the experience of pluralism and liberalism. Albacete cites the thought of John Paul II and Cardinal Ratzinger, to be sure, but he also engages with Germaine Greer, Federico Garc¡a Lorca, and Paul Ricoeur. Albacete's profound sense of the religious leads him not to dogma but to a series of sensitively framed, sincere questions that should catch the attention and empathy of many readers. Highly recommended for most collections.
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Monsignor Albacete was a consultant to a PBS program on John Paul II and, after presenting it to TV critics at the Pasadena Ritz Carlton, was asked so many questions about faith that he felt as if he were God's spokesperson at the hotel. Hence the title of the ingratiating little book in which he puts his answers together formally. The roots of faith grow out of the human longing for infinity, for transcendence, he says, and are watered by wonder in the face of creation and acceptance, rather than rejection, of reality. Reason is the instrument for understanding the great mystery at the heart of creation, and this is the same reason science employs to discover the material workings of creation. From an absorbing discussion of reason, Albacete proceeds to suffering; sex, money, and politics; and religion. Each discussion is conducted in little chapters that agreeably break up into digestible portions what amounts to a thorough general--that is, not just Christian--theory of faith in God. Ray Olson
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Albacete entirely talks about 9/11 and sexuality but skirts what I and many others consider to be deep problems with the church: discrimination against women by barring them from the priesthood and discrimination against gay and lesbian people. (And yes, of course, sexual abuse by priests.)
Over and over again he talks about "The Mystery" and mentions that God didn't tell Job in the Bible why he allowed him to suffer- it is only for Job to submit to the Mystery of God.
If you were hoping for something more or different from this book- I can only suggest giving it a pass.