Fr. Lorenzo Albacete may approach the pools of irreverence, even occasionally sticking his big toe into the murky waters, but it's never more than a dip and always because (like the best of our writers and saints) he knows how to take himself lightly. A physicist by training and occasional columnist for the New York Times
and New Yorker
, Fr. Albacete most often cloaks his heady subjects -- skepticism, the problem of suffering, physics, sex, money, politics, poverty, sacrifice and pluralism -- in humor rather than intellectual solemnity. Conceived at a gathering (held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel) following his appearance on the PBS program Frontline, God at the Ritz
is Fr. Albacete's response to the tough questions he fielded that evening, questions he realized he had to face lest his faith become an escape from the burden of trying to live in the world. ''Religious experience,'' writes the Monsignor, ''is not an escape from this world; it is an affirmation of it. It is a way of standing before reality... and regarding it with a passionate curiosity. It is a contemplative posture before all that exists.'' And in that all of existence, we find Fr. Albacete perpetually lauding the virtue of wonder -- Christianity's true home.
An Eighth Day View:
Lorenzo Albacete, a close friend of Pope John Paul II, physicist, and "New York Times "columnist, shows that religion has a place amid conversations on science and contemporary culture. With humor and honesty, Albacete answers questions about life and death, good and evil, science and religion, religion and politics, and other issues.