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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Rumour most gorgeous: Gänswein to become bishop

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Kirche: Schönstes Gerücht: Gänswein wird Bischof :: Homepage - Nachrichten - Oberpfalz & Bayern :: Mittelbayerische Zeitung :: www.mittelbayerische.de

Benedict XVI has the final word on the important personnel decision in Regensburg. Nevertheless, there is intense speculation not only in church circles. Papal secretary "Don Giorgio" is not the only favorite.

Archbishop Müller has the succession question in mind

REGENSBURG. Who will be the new Bishop of Regensburg? Who takes up the space deserted following Gerhard Ludwig Müller's appointment as prefect of the Roman Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith? The guessing game is in progress. "I would also like to know," confessed merrily recently the chairman of the Bavarian bishops' conference in Munich, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, on the sidelines of a reception in Schleissheim Castle .

He would not be a tame bishop

Only the Pope knows what will happen next. Nevertheless, there is vigorous speculation.

Rumour most gorgeous: Papal Secretary George Gänswein who Benedict XVI reportedly wishes to get out of the firing line in the Vatileaks affair will move to Regensburg. It's not the first time that a church leader removes a man out from his restricted surroundings to a new position. John Paul II appointed his secretary to be the Cardinal of Krakow.

 If the worst happens: Gänswein would not be a tame bishop. Charm and good looks meet in "Don Giorgio" with a sharp intellect and eloquence.

Often discussed is also the Augsburg bishop Anton Losinger (above right) - a man who enjoys great respect among many. In 2010 he was discussed as a successor to Bishop Walter Mixa of Augsburg (On the Mixa Scandal). Losinger is considered to be gracious in his dealings. As a member of the German Ethics Council, he has become a talking point nationwide.
Also appreciated far beyond church circles,: Monsignor Lorenz Wolf (above- talking to Archbishop Müller), head of the Catholic Official Representation in Bavaria. He sits at the official interface of the church with politics, speaking to government, parliament, municipal associations, economic and trade unions. "A good man," it is said of him.

A tip is Rudolph Voderholzer (on left below talking to the Nuntius), professor of theology in Trier, which is already rooted in Regensburg as director of the Pope Benedict Institute. 


A service which he provides voluntarily by the way. In the rooms of the seminary at Bismarckplatz, he is devoted to the publication of the collected writings of the head of the Catholic Church - in close collaboration with Archbishop Müller.

Only an outside chance should be given to the director of the Maria Vesperbild shrine, William Imkamp. He has close contacts with Princess Gloria - but is thought in Rome to be a little discredited. During the Pope's visit in Germany in 2011, he stayed away from the Mass in Berlin. Instead, he presented with the aristocrat in a trendy club, the "Diary of a Princess", which was written by Gloria's daughter Elizabeth.

Diocese maintains a low profile

The diocese does not comment on the name. "It would be totally inappropriate in any way, if we would speculate," says spokesman Clemens Neck. The personnel decision is on the agenda of the Vatican after the summer break. In the Regensburg ordinariate, they have done their homework and sent a list of three names to Rome. Who is the preferred candidate remains a secret. A list of course is no guarantee of success. Nowhere is reserved, for example, Müller was never on a list before he was appointed to Regensburg.

The prefect of the CDF is the way with the decision on his successor in the game. From him the "nihil obstat" is a kind of ecclesiastical declaration of no objection to the candidate. The Bavarian State Government has a small say - they could lodge a veto on reasonable grounds.

Until the appointment often many months elapse. But there are signs that things could go fast in Regensburg. It is not only the preparations for the 2014 Catholic Congress which play a role, the interim leadership of diocesan administrator Wilhelm Gegenfurtner should not be lengthened.

Wife and accomplice of pedophile and murderer to enter convent

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Belgique: l'ex-femme de Marc Dutroux va quitter la prison pour entrer au couvent - RTBF Societe

Michelle Martin, the ex-wife and accomplice of the Belgian pedophile murdered, Marc Dutroux, will be released after serving more than half of her sentence of 30 years imprisonment, in order to enter a convent in Belgium and provided she "keeps distance" from the victims' families.

The Parole Court in Mons (TAP), which looked for the fifth time since 2007 on the application for parole of Michelle Martin, authorized her on Tuesday to stay in the convent of the Sisters of the Poor Clares Malonne near Namur in the south, provided they "keeps distance" from the victims' families.

Michelle Martin will not get out of jail immediately. The Prosecutor General shall have 24 hours to lodge an appeal and the defense a period of 15 days.

Sister Christine, abbess of the Poor Clares of Malonne, confirmed that her institution was ready to welcome the former wife of Marc Dutroux. "It was a challenge for us, we were upset by the horrible suffering of the victims and their families" she says in a statement.

" How to bring these two realities at once? (...) Our heart of women was troubled. We chose to welcome both these suffering, one with the other, "she added.

Incarcerated since her arrest in 1996, Michelle Martin, 52, has served more than half of 30 years imprisonment to which she was sentenced in 2004.

A former teacher, she was convicted of having kidnapped a number of young victims of Marc Dutroux and to have starved to death Julie Lejeune and Melissa Russo, aged eight years, immured in a dungeon built his house in Marcinelle, near Charleroi.

His lawyer, Thierry Moreau, acted on RTL-TVI that it " this is not the woman who returned to prison in 1996."

"Her guilt will to continue into the grave, the only thing she can try to do is try to redeem herself, "he added.

”Irreducible sentences"
The families of the victims denounced the court ruling. "Victims' rights are violated", accused one of their lawyers, Georges-Henri Beauthier.

"It's the fox that will be thrown into a chicken coop , "said Jean-Denis Lejeune, Julie's father (Julie was one of the victims), who believes that Michelle Martin was" responsible for the deaths of four children . " " I do not accept forgiveness and reintegration , "he said. In May 2011, a petition for early release had been accepted by the TAP Mons.

As part of his rehabilitation program, the former wife of Marc Dutroux, who says he became very religious, had proposed to reside in a convent in France. But the French Ministry of Justice had blocked this option, saying it risked creating a disturbance of public order.


On Tuesday came the reactions of the political world. The President of the Reform Movement Charles Michel said it was " urgent "to" revive the struggle "for the establishment of" mandatory sentencing".

Marc Dutroux was sentenced to life imprisonment for kidnapping, false imprisonment and rape, between June 1995 and August 1996 of six girls and adolescents, as well as the deaths of four of them.

The community of old and 
a distorted image of St Clare which they now worship.
they could not be more insensitive


New criticism of CDF head by SSPX

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Hätte man den Auferstandenen fotografieren können?

Dogmatik, a book by Archbishop Müller, the new Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith contains the following sentence: ". A film camera running would have neither captured the Resurrection event ...nor the Easter appearances of Jesus to his disciples in sound and vision '(p. 300)

Thus he finds himself in good company with Hans Küng, who has also claimed this in regard to the resurrection of Jesus: "Taking pictures and recording, there was nothing." (On being a Christian, 1974, p 339). Similar statements are found in many modern theologians. 

Lest anyone think, we have have left anything important out of the Müller quote, something which is marked with inverted commas at this point, is mentioned : "... this is at the core of the actualisation of the personal relation of the Father to the Incarnate Son in the Holy Spirit ... ". This drivel obviously has the purpose to confuse and intimidate the reader, so he does not dare to object to what is said. The art of disguising with pompous verbiage, when moving away from the teachings of the Church, Müller perhaps learned from Karl Rahner, who was certainly a master of the art.

Now, if a film camera had really recorded nothing of the resurrection event, then they would have to show that Jesus' body still lay in the grave! But this is not the opinion of Müller, for he writes: "In any case ... , the mighty deed of God in Jesus also implicated the dead body. The statement that Jesus' body still resting in the grave would have been in irreconcilable conflict with the Easter proclamation. "(P. 303) Thus, a running film must at least show how the body abruptly disappeared, right?

As a reason why a camera would not have been able to record the Risen One, writes Muller, "Technical equipment or also animals lack the possibility, in contrast to human reason, of a transcendental experience, and hence of being responsive through the Word of God in the mediation sensually tangible phenomena and character. "(p. 300) Certainly a camera could not show the truth that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. That, it would have also not mastered before the Resurrection. Why could it also not record the physical sense-phenomena of the Risen One? That would only be the case if the encounters with the Risen were pure vision, cognition images, which God puts in the minds of believers, which do not correspond to the physical senses.

That would contradict the very teachings of Scripture. The Gospel tells how Jesus, as the Apostles doubted and that they perhaps only saw an apparition, said, "See my hands and feet, that it is I myself; handle, and see: for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as you see me to have. "(Luke 24:39) The apostle Thomas is asked to put his finger into the wounds of the hands and his hand into the wound in his side (Jn 21.27 ). The Risen eats several times with his disciples in order to convince them of the reality of his bodily resurrection. Therefore, it would be in principle possible to film the Resurrected One or photograph Him. A contrary assertion evaporates the fact of the resurrection into an unbiblical spiritualism.

An exception, however, we must make: We read of the Risen One, that he could and change his appearance. The glorified body has lost its natural clumsiness, and is entirely under the direction of the soul, he has taken on spiritually similar properties. Therefore, Jesus if he had wanted to coule actually prevent a camera from recording him. But this is something quite different from the fundamental impossibility of a photo, as claimed by Archbishop Müller.

It is noticeable, moreover, that the Müller does not speak of glorified body. Although he writes about the "salvation and perfection of the man Jesus in all people belonging to the essence of the metaphysical constituents of mind and matter", but does not let this be "translated into a space-time continuum viewpoint" (p. 303). What "the symbolic inclusion of the dead body of Jesus in the resurrection of the glorified form of the Lord" (p. 304) means is not explained.

This leaves a general impression, that both conservative and modernist theologians can live with the text of Müller. The conservatives will find peace of mind that Müller denies neither the Resurrection nor the empty grave, while the progressives can point out that Müller does not speak about the Resurrection in the traditional way, and thus is open to new interpretations.