Monday, July 26, 2010

Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Catholicism

Eric Metaxas, author of a new book on the Lutheran theologian, says his subject "was extremely pro-Catholic and much of his own theology was specifically formed by Catholicism" — Author calls Dietrich Bonhoeffer a man of 'staggering' relevance for our time. More:
    The theologian's 1923 trip to Rome “was extremely important,” the author noted. “He eagerly attended Mass every day … and he bought a missal and was deeply taken with what he saw and experienced.”

    “It was nothing less than life-changing for him. At St. Peter's that Palm Sunday he saw celebrants on the altar from every race and color and for the first time in his life he thought about the church universal, beyond the parochial borders of German Lutheranism.”

    “This caused him to ask the larger question: 'What is the church?'” Metaxas explained. “He would spend the rest of his life answering that question. It was the subject of both his doctoral dissertations and it was what ultimately caused him to stand up against the Nazis who were trying to define the church on their own terms.”

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Blogger Robert Badger said...

Given the grave distoration of Catholic faith and practice that has taken place in the past 40 years, Bonhoeffer's injunction that 'cheap grace is the enemy of our Church' is true now more than ever. The worst penance many Catholics do now is just to abstain from meat on six fridays a year.

2:06 PM  
Blogger Procopius said...

So close, so close.....
I hope he prays for me, as I will pray for him.

2:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't his commentary about Catholicism and aesceticism in the first chapter of Cost of Discipleship rather harsh?

12:51 AM  
Blogger Casey Khan said...

“It was nothing less than life-changing for him. At St. Peter's that Palm Sunday he saw celebrants on the altar from every race and color and for the first time in his life he thought about the church universal, beyond the parochial borders of German Lutheranism.”

Only through the Church do we see Cosmopolitanism rightly understood.

1:58 AM  

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