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Friday, September 23, 2011

Nothing changes

I've been catching up on the pope's visit to Germany. I've read that he's met with the Lutherans, the Jewish community, and sex abuse survivors, and while all this sounds positive, I think the meetings are little more than photo ops to gain publicity while doing nothing concrete to change for the better the actual relationships between the church and those with whom the pope met. Discouraging :(

There's this ...

Pope Benedict XVI met ... for half an hour with five victims [of sex abuse] ... Emmanuel Henckens of Belgium, a member of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests said the German meeting, "will make a handful of wounded individuals feel better for a while," but will do nothing "to stop priests from molesting kids, or bishops from concealing crimes."

And ...

Germany's small Jewish community praised Pope Benedict on Thursday for stressing the common roots of Christianity and Judaism but warned him it would be hurt if he honors wartime Pope Pius XII, who it said was silent during the Holocaust. Dieter Graumann, secretary general of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, also said Jews were hurt by his support for an ultra-traditionalist Catholic group [SSPX] they consider bigoted against Jews, Muslims, gays, women and Protestants ...

And ...

Pope Benedict XVI [wearing his tiara!] disappointed Protestants seeking common ground with Catholics by stressing differences between the two groups, as he continued a four-day journey in his native Germany. The Evangelical Church of Germany, or EKD, an umbrella group of German Evangelical and Lutheran denominations, had raised the issue of joint communion for married couples of different Christian denominations. Speaking in the eastern city of Erfurt today, the Catholic leader rebuffed expectations by saying that one can’t “think through or negotiate” faith. “I’d like to point out that this represents a political misunderstanding of faith and ecumenism,” Benedict said in a speech to a joint-faith group in the St. Augustine cloister, where Martin Luther, the founder of Protestantism, began his monastic studies in 1505 ....

- The Library of the Evangelical Ministry


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