I’m not saying that the Catholic church has any problem with intelligent people, nor is it saying that intelligence is the problem with the Catholic faith.
The Church, after all, is a church of the intellect.
It’s not about intelligence as such, nor about intellectual superiority.
It is a religion of the mind, where intelligence is not a concern, but a central aspect of what it means to be a Christian.
Intelligence is the capacity to reason, to reason well, to be self-reflective, to understand the world around us, to act intelligently, to seek truth, to respect human dignity, to give oneself over to the service of others, to love, to listen, to obey and to work for the common good.
The Catholic Church believes that the intellect, like the body, is integral to human existence, and that, through the intellect we can understand the workings of the universe, the cosmos, ourselves and the world as a whole.
It does not have a problem with intellectualism, and in fact is actively working to promote the intellectual life of the Church, so that Catholics can, among other things, live according to the values and traditions of the faith, embrace diversity, live more actively in our local communities and engage with people of all faiths and backgrounds.
And the Church does not think it is any different from any other group of people.
But as the Catholic scholar John Paul II said: The Church does believe that intelligence, for its part, is one of the gifts of God.
This is not so much the intellect that the Church holds as a part of God’s own wisdom.
Intelligence, of course, is not necessarily an attribute of a given individual.
And there is no such thing as a God-given intelligence.
But it is a gift, which is what we should value and seek in our lives, and it is one that we should work to nurture and preserve.
The same goes for the church’s belief that intelligence can be taught and learned, that it can be exercised and cultivated, that a healthy intellect can contribute to a better world.
So there are a lot of things that the church is good at, and not so many things that it is bad at.
The reason is that the world we live in is complex, full of competing interests, with people who want to be liked, who want attention and respect, and who want power.
It also needs to be taught to children and adults, and the best way to do this is to foster the kind of intellectual diversity and mutual respect that is the hallmark of a successful society.
In this respect, the Church has long had an enormous advantage over other religious communities.
It has had access to and access to resources, including the widest range of intellectual and spiritual resources.
The very idea of the intellectual elite is something to aspire to, something that is essential for a flourishing democracy.
And this means that the Vatican has had an opportunity to make that ambition a reality.
But to do so, the church has needed to take the long view.
There are many other things the church does well, such as its social justice and justice for the poor, that also need to be nurtured and promoted.
And these are just a few of the reasons why the church should work harder to build a vibrant intellectual community and make the Catholic religion more accessible to and open to the wider world.
The world is not perfect, and so it’s not fair to say that the Christian church has no problem with intellectuals.
But the way the church promotes and develops the intellect is something the rest of the world should take seriously, too.
It should be celebrated as the source of intelligence, the source that makes the human spirit a real person.