This entry on Cathblog by Simon Rowney (a CathNews reader from Corrimal NSW) is worth reading in full. He concludes his post by saying:
In the modern world proclaiming public and definite truths has special difficulties. Dawkins and many spokespeople for science are not even aware these difficulties exist. They move forward in blissful ignorance of their fundamental myopia.
The Church, on the other hand, is acutely aware of the modern challenge. She is equally aware that personal philosophy can strengthen Faith and create opportunities for evangelization. In large part the Church’s view has been the happy result of Cardinal Newman’s influence. Through the life and writings of this thoroughly modern man, the Church has come to understand and embrace the extraordinary interplay between a personal philosophy and a public creed.
Pope Benedict, deeply influenced by Cardinal Newman has a great deal to offer all people who are willing to listen. We can only hope and pray that one day Dawkins and co will be counted among them.