Sandro Magister, in www.chiesa, has posted an article entitled "Professor Ratzinger goes back to school. The first part of the article discusses the Pope's annual meeting with a group of his former doctoral students, which has continued to take place each year. The topic planned for this year, the week-end of September 2 and 3, is creation and design. Speakers will include Peter Schuster (of the Austrian Academy of Sciences), Cardinal Christoph Schönborn (archbishop of Vienna and theologian), Paul Erbrich, S.J. (professor of the philosophy of nature in Munich) and Robert Spaemann (professor of political philosophy and one of Germany's foremost experts on modernity).
The second part of Magister's article addresses the issue of Islam and democracy from last year's meeting. It includes an English translation of an article by German Jesuit, Professor Christian Troll, S.J., entitled "Progressive Thinking in Contemporary Islam" which addresses developing trends in Islamic thinking and the potential for Islam to adapt to contemporary ways of thought. Professor Troll is professor of islamic studies at the Sankt Georgen faculty of theology. He was one of several present at last year's meeting who joined in clarifying the Pope's thinking on this issue after some controversy arose.