Lack of dignity and tranquility behind Pope's postponement

The Vatican has sent a letter of explanation to the Rome university where Pope Benedict was forced to cancel a visit this week.

The Holy Father was due to address Rome's La Sapienza University on Thursday, but decided to cancel amid protests from teachers and students.

Catholic News Agency reports Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone (pictured) sent a letter to the university's rector explaining the Pope's decision to postpone his trip.

"The prerequisites for a dignified and tranquil welcome were not present and it was judged opportune to postpone the scheduled visit in order to remove any pretext for demonstrations which would have been unfortunate for everyone concerned," the letter stated.

Cardinal Bertone also explained the Pope still decided to send his prepared address to the university's rector since the majority of professors and students wished to hear "a culturally meaningful word, whence to draw stimuli for their own journey in search of truth."

Vatican Secretary of State explains reasons for canceling La Sapienza speech (Catholic News Agency 17/01/08)
Pope tells university to seek truth and goodness instead of presumption and division
(Asis News 17/01/08)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
La Sapienza University
Galileo Galilei (Wikipedia)

Chantimg students support Pope (CathNews 17/01/08)
Pope scraps Uni Visit (CathNews 16/01/08)
Scientists and students protest against Pope (CathNews 15/01/08)
Church 'never persecuted Galileo Galilei' (CathNews 26/08/03)

18 Jan 2008