Visiting the land of Martin Luther -- who had a greater impact than any other person for the birth of the Protestant religion -- Pope Benedict XVI prayed for Christian unity and told Lutheran leaders today (September 23, 2011) that both secularization and Christian fundamentalism pose challenges to ecumenism, according to the Catholic News Service website.
"God is increasingly being driven out of our society... Are we to yield to the pressure of secularization and become modern by watering down the faith?" the pope said at a meeting today with 15 representatives of the German Evangelical Church Council in Erfurt, Germany -- the home of Martin Luther.
Regarding Christian unity, the pope said progress in Christian unity is "not like negotiating a treaty."
He elaborated that ecumenism will advance when Christians enter more deeply into their shared faith and profess it more openly in society.