“The central questions at stake are: is it meaningful to talk about God? Can God be revealed in Jesus Christ? Is this revelation recognizable and liberating for me? What does grace mean? How do grace and freedom go together? Are faith in creation and a scientific approach to the world compatible?
Voderholzer pointed out that these questions are shared by most Christians and also expressed “in the commitment to the protection of life, as in the March for Life”.
He said there was a specific canon of scandals that Catholics often find themselves facing: “The Crusades, the witch trials, the Galileo affair, colonialism, complicity in totalitarian systems, corruption of tradition of Jesus, and recently especially sexual abuse”.
Apologetics does not mean “a provocative denial of the dark sides of the Church, or dogmatism at all costs,” the theologian warned.
“What counts is knowledge of history, discernment and the understanding that the ‘holiness of the Church’ does not mean the moral blamelessness of all its members, but the gift of the Lord to communicate his presence , his salvation, precisely in fragile situations. ships.”
Asked about models for a “healthy form of apologetics”, the German prelate said he was thinking of Irenaeus of Lyon, Thomas Aquinas, Blaise Pascal, John Henry Newman, Henri de Lubac, or even Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI.