Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger said that the strong reaction to the recent 'Dominus Iesus' was a result of critics either not understanding or not reading the declaration.
    Speaking to the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine, he said he was 'bored' by the critics' emphasis on words such as fundamentalism, Roman centralism, and absolutism. He said the use of such words is a 'predefined criticism' of all the Congregation's output, regardless of the topic.
    Ratzinger also said that, because of the complexity of the arguments, many readers failed to grasp their meaning, said Cardinal Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
    He described the declaration's purpose as 'a solemn recognition of Jesus Christ as Lord at the culmination of the Holy Year', focusing on what is essential to the Jubilee's meetings and external manifestations.
    Moreover, the cardinal added, the Holy Father "followed moment by moment with great attention" the writing of the text.
    The Cardinal noted that the essence of the text was understood by influential Protestant officials including as Manfred Kock, president of the Council of German Evangelical Churches and theologian Eberhard Jungel, and by the Anglican Communion's Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. George Carey.
    Zenit (available soon)
10 Oct 00

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