Antichrist Alert! Cardinal Biffi Rouses the Church
The archbishop emeritus of Bologna delves back into the famous story by Vladimir Soloviev and applies it to the Christianity of today. A collateral
target: Cardinal Martini
by Sandro Magister
ROMA, June 3, 2005 – Cardinal Giacomo Biffi, now 77, was archbishop of Bologna from 1984 to 2003. A theologian and a great scholar of Saint Ambrose,
he has assembled some of his writings which are not strictly theological in a volume recently published by Cantagalli.
The title of the book: "Pinocchio, Peppone, l’Anticristo e altre divagazioni [Pinocchio, Peppone, the Antichrist, and other Meanderings].”
The Antichrist referred to in the title is the one described by Russian philosopher and theologian Vladimir Sergeyevich Soloviev in the last book he
wrote before his death in 1900: "The Three Dialogues and the Story of the Antichrist."
Why does Cardinal Biffi want to bring this back to everyone's attention today? Because – he writes ´– "Soloviev announces with prophetic
clarity the great crisis that afflicted Christianity during the last decade of the 20th century."
And the "The Three Dialogues and the Story of the Antichrist."
by Vladimir Soloviev
Vladimir Soloviev, 1853-1900
BY WAY OF INTRODUCTION
In the September 2000 issue of "Touchstone" Fr Addison Hart wrote these words about Soloviev's "Tale of the Anti-Christ":
In the face of the world we live in right now, it is blindness and sheer folly to be fighting with other Christians about ecclesiological matters that
are daily becoming less defensible. "Catholic versus Orthodox" polemics would be wrong even in less troubled times, but in the context of the
current cultural situation they are precisely what the devil ordered.
An eschatological perspective ever keeps in mind how imperative it is "to keep Satan from gaining the advantage over us;" for we are not"--or, at
least, should not be--"ignorant of his designs" (2 Cor. 2:11).
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