At a Loss for Words

Pope Benedict XVI has put ecumenism high on his agenda. Right from the start of his papacy, he has reached out to other churches and stressed the unity of all Christians. Yet despite good intentions, fault lines in his approach are beginning to show. Recently, German Catholics and Protestants have fallen out over a common Bible edition they have been using for twenty-five years. The dispute is symptomatic of other problems in the pope’s homeland, where more than words...

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Tom Heneghan is religion editor for Reuters news agency, based in Paris. He is the author of Unchained Eagle: Germany after the Wall (Pearson Education).