St. Thérèse - Nietzsche is my Brother

St. Thérèse, Nietzsche, and Vatican II

St. Therese Nietzsche

The quote below is the single most intriguing statement I have ever read when reflecting on the post-Vatican II world. I have never thought the idea and original intent of Vatican II to be bad; I only have recognized the obvious that everything went really badly after Vatican II. Sure, one knows a tree by its fruits, but I think there may be more going on here. This explanation of the playwrights’s intent is insightful.

From the Introduction:

“Comparison, not contrast: essential to Edman’s thinking and effectively dramatized in Nietzsche Is My Brother, is her rejection of any kind of condescension on the part of the believer towards the unbeliever. What we find instead is a humble and profound recognition of the existential search which they share: the precariousness of faith from which no-one is exempt, neither the atheist who finds no answer to his questions, nor the Christian when he encounters the silence of God, and, crossing the desert of total uncertainty, can only trust Him, without any guarantee that He is there or that He is listening.”

The reflection is this. We evangelize through both contrast and comparison. Contrast looks at what is different. Comparison looks at what is similar. Both, though, are valuable methods of dialogue. It is my view that Vatican II sought not to do away with traditional contrast, “Let me show why we are the one true Church, and you are not,” but simply to encourage us to reach out also in comparison, “Here’s how we are seeking the same thing.” Both are necessary. Of course, the intent was usurped and little but evil has followed.

Therese fourteen

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