Thoughtful and interesting. Plus, you MUST watch the last video clip.
Colm Tóibín’s The Sign of the Cross: Travels in Catholic Europe is a real treat. There’s nothing like seeing the familiar, in this case Catholicism, from an eccentric standpoint. It’s a roller-coaster ride where the memoirist simultaneously plays the role of Catholic insider and outsider. Tóibín frequently rubs me the wrong way with his pronouncements about Polish Catholicism (which I partially registered here).
His speculation that John Paul II would not even know how to fathom the profound depths of Bultmannian demythologization in the watered-down secondhand version Tóibín got from the first-rate second-rate theologian Norbert Brox is (hopefully) unintentionally comical. Note the Dowdish bathos (again, comedy?) when he obliquely references Hamlet in his evaluation of Brox vs. Wojtyla:
“It struck me that these new ideas [of gnostic provenance, only about 1900 years older than Bultmann (my own interjection)] were being fostered once more in the fertility of the German mind…
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