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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Beeb missing the point

The most recent Reporting Religion on the BBC World Service (should be up for about six more days) was a special on Benedict's first year as Pope. It wasn't uninteresting - as far as I could tell at 1.30am, when my critical faculties aren't at their sharpest - though there was a fair seasoning of the 'goodness me, he hasn't excommunicated everyone' sort of commentary. It did, however, have a very strange absence of references to Benedict's love of Our Lord, and his insistence upon pointing to Jesus, not to himself. How (even from a purely journalistic point of view) do you expect to understand a man if you ignore his deepest passion? How can anyone hope to understand the Church by ignoring the point of her existence?

God does not enter into competition with earthly powers in this world. He does not marshal his divisions alongside other divisions. God did not send 12 legions of angels to assist Jesus in the Garden of Olives (cf. Mt 26: 53). He contrasts the noisy and ostentatious power of this world with the defenceless power of love, which succumbs to death on the Cross and dies ever anew throughout history; yet it is this same love which constitutes the new divine intervention that opposes injustice and ushers in the Kingdom of God.

God is different - this is what they now come to realize. And it means that they themselves must now become different, they must learn God's ways.[...]

It is not ideologies that save the world, but only a return to the living God, our Creator, the guarantor of our freedom, the guarantor of what is really good and true. True revolution consists in simply turning to God who is the measure of what is right and who at the same time is everlasting love. And what could ever save us apart from love?