In November 2011 Cardinal Ravasi said preaching in churches had become formulaic and boring that it risked becoming “irrelevant”. He said that “The advent of televised and computerised information requires us to be compelling and trenchant, to cut to the heart of the matter, resort to narratives and colour,” He added that “We need to remember that communicating faith doesn’t just take place through sermons. It can be achieved through the 140 characters of a Twitter message.”
Views on evolution
In 2008, he said, “I want to affirm, as an a priori, the compatibility of the theory of evolution with the message of the Bible and the Church’s theology.” He also noted that neither Charles Darwin nor his work On the Origin of Species had ever been condemned by the Church.
Court of the Gentiles
In February 2011 Cardinal Ravasi said that the dialogue between believers and nonbelievers should not limit itself to finding a least common denominator of agreement, but rather should seek to confront the fundamental questions of life. Cardinal Ravasi spoke of the need for more profound dialogue with nonbelievers which took place in an interview, which took place ahead of the presentation at the University of Bologna of the “Court of the Gentiles.” The new Vatican structure – overseen by the culture council – was created to foster dialogue between believers and nonbelievers. The idea for this initiative was proposed in a 21 December 2009, address by Pope Benedict to the Roman Curia, in which he spoke about the “Court of the Gentiles,” a space in the ancient Temple of Jerusalem that was not reserved for the Jews, but rather was open to any person independent of his culture or religion. Cardinal Ravasi, “wanted to reintroduce the ancient tradition of the ‘disputed questions’ – as they were called then – while at that time they had to do with different opinions and theses, in this case they will be between believers and nonbelievers.” He added “I am trying to see to it that this danger is avoided,”. He stated that “I want really fundamental questions to be asked – questions of anthropology, then good and evil, life and afterlife, love suffering, the meaning of evil – questions that are substantially at the basis of human existence.”
The programme visited Stockholm, Sweden from 13–14 September 2012. It will put Cardinal Ravasi and other Catholic thinkers into dialogue with a cross-section of Sweden’s leading intellectual lights on these questions: “Can one choose a ‘World without God?’ How far can the human person go in the field of creation? Are there limits, and if so, what are they?”[