POPE Benedict XVI has urged a revival of religious values in a society that he said risks going “deaf” to God.
“Put simply, we are no longer able to hear God – there are too many different frequencies filling our ears,” the Pope said at a Mass in Munich last Sunday.
“Along with this hardness of hearing or outright deafness where God is concerned, we naturally lose our ability to speak with him and to him. And so we end up losing a decisive capacity for perception,” he said.
The Pope spoke to some 250,000 people gathered at a fairground in Munich, where he was archbishop from 1977-81.
He told reporters on his plane that he was making the September 9-14 visit in part to see and thank the people who made a difference in his life and to join fellow German Catholics in celebrating their faith.
But the Pope also took aim at secularisation in his homeland, explaining at an airport welcoming ceremony on September 10 that he worried whether the centuries of Christian values were being transmitted to younger generations of Germans.
In a welcoming speech at the airport, President Horst Koehler, a Protestant, made a point of underlining the strong desire of many Germans for ecumenical progress.
The Pope departed from his prepared remarks to respond, telling the President that while the Church cannot simply erase 500 years of separation it is committed to working toward Christian unity “with our hearts and our heads”.
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