Paolo Rodari has an interesting analysis of the Holy Father’s visit to Germany. I am still think about what he wrote, but I thought I would get it out to the anglophone blogosphere for your opportune knowledge.
My quick translation.
Hitler and Luther. National Socialism and Protestantism. The Pope’s journey, just concluded, had at its foundation these two great faults of the German world.
The Pope, as a Catholic and as a German, senses these two faults as his own, but the attempt that he made in this trip, it seems to me, was to show them as possible for all.
The Pope’s call to the West that it return to a recognition of God as origin and its very life, is decisive in him precisely because of that “reign of terror” with which he had to coexist: “National Socialism”, which “grounded itself on a racist myth, part of which was the rejection of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of Jesus Christ and of all who believe in Him”, the Pope said in Germany.
And then there is the fault of Protestantism, also deeply German fault. It isn’t that Benedict XVI scorns the Protestant world, on the contrary. It’s that there is in him the wound of Luther’s tearing, Christianity divided from his own country that hasn’t been able to remain in the Church in spite of its countless problems and its countless contradictions.
The sense of the trip to Germany, in my opinion, rests here, in these two faults which the Pope wanted in some way to expiate and, at the same time, show as faults possible for everyone.
Intriguing proposal. I wonder if he is right.