Ratzinger divides, Maiani unites January 17, 2008Posted by dorigo in news, personal, physics, politics, religion, science.
I was amused, and happy, to read Jeff -a professor of Physics, a friend, a commenter here, and usually one in disagreement with me- feeling the wind that has been blowing in Italian affairs since I don’t know when: a wind of political appeasement with the Vatican. The same wind that many of us denounce when italian laws having to do with secular issues are shaped on the directives of the Vatican. Here is Jeff’s comment, which he left on the thread following the post about the failed speech of Ratzinger at La Sapienza:
I heard that Luciano Maiani was one of the 67 physicists that signed the letter against inviting the Pope. Luciano was recently nominated to become the head of the CNR, an italian national research entity, a wonderful choice. I admire him greatly.
It turns out that because of his signing the infamous letter he is risking not being confirmed to head the CNR. If this does turn out to be the case then Italy really is in deep shit! I think the 67 were wrong to start this (once the Pope was invited) but the worst thing that could happen is they they be punished for doing so! If the very VERY good Maiani does get sacked for his signing the letter then I AM CHANGING SIDES!
Mind you that I do NOT think hat someone of the Church picked up a phone and pressured for him to be sacked. It is more depressing than that. I think the idiots that make these decision are boneless morons that just play with the wind. The wind now goes that the Pope should have be respected and hence these morons, JUST TO SUCK UP, and puff up their medaless chests think it is best to sack Maiani. Simply disgusting
I fear I am profoundly fed up with Italy and italians (stufo)
Jeff, take a ticket, there’s a long queue – we’ve been there since a while ago!
As for Maiani, it goes without saying that I totally agree. And mind you, the 67 who signed the letter were only those that could – the letter was private, and according to Andrea Frova (who signed it) the number of subscribers could have been ten times larger if they had waited for a while longer, since people joined in after the letter was sent. So full many a Maiani is there, although of course he is one of the most brilliant.