On 24th January this year we posted:
|BERLIN'S ST HEDWIG'S CATHEDRAL|
Facing the square in which the infamous Nazi book burning took place.
St.Hedwig's Cathedral in Berlin is not an altogether happy building from the outside. Seemingly intended to follow the Pantheon in style, it manages to avoid success in that effort. However once inside, the interior, largely destroyed during World War II, tumbles over the precipice of architectural disaster and ugliness. In a bizarre effort at being " different" the ground floor level is left as a relatively narrow circular gallery overlooking a smallish circular "nave” which addresses the High(or low, since it is in a hole) Altar.
The total effect is truly depressing and at the same time fills one with outrage that anyone could have so miserably treated the Altar of Sacrifice. Nevertheless it is probably instructive and a good introduction to the state of the Church in the Fatherland.
St Hedwig's "High"Altar in a Hole
The Church in Germany has been a problem in recent decades, and no one knows that better than our beloved German Pope Benedict XVI.
In recent weeks, it has been interesting to note that the Holy Father has received in Audience a number of German Bishops:
Bishop Gregor Hanke of Eichstatt,
Archbishop Woelki of Berlin, (lately nominated as one of the new Cardinals) and
Bishop Ludwig Muller of Regensburg. (Joseph Ratzinger had been Professor of Theology at Regensburg University in the 1960s.
The audiences may be co-incidental, or perhaps there is a connecting thread. In the latter case, one can only hope that it is a favourable development for the Church in Germany, victim of so many errors, and struggling in the vineyard sabotaged by the wretched Martin Luther several centuries ago, and whose memory Adolf Hitler so approvingly invoked:
"I do insist on the certainty that sooner or later - once we hold power- Christianity will be overcome and the German Church established. Yes, the German Church, without a Pope and without the Bible, and Luther, if he could be with us, would give us his blessing." ("Hitler's Speeches" p.369)"
Then on 2nd July this year we were able to post :