Wednesday, February 20, 2013



Don Bosco's message for the next Pope

Anchor the barque of St Peter between the Eucharist and the Blessed Virgin.  Don Bosco's Dream of the Two Columns

How sick is Pope Benedict really?


Last week, Pope Benedict XVI announced. (85) his resignation as Pope - because he was too old and too weak to feel for the performance of his duties.

Since then, there has been repeated speculation about the health of the Holy Father. He had no acute illness, says the Vatican. But now, Pope biographer Peter Seewald (58) in "Focus" talks about his last meeting with Benedict a few weeks ago, in the Apostolic Palace

The Pope expert: "His hearing had diminished. The left eye did not see," He continued," the body was emaciated, so that the tailors had difficulties with providing appropriate new clothing. "

Observations, which are also made by BILD Vatican correspondent Albert Link:
" The signs of weakness are obvious. For more than a year, close associates of Benedict XVI have known how he diminishes. Besides the problems with eye and ear, also the memory is in decline. It would seem that he could no longer remember at meetings. "

However: "The problems with the eye are far from new, they started 20 years ago, when he suddenly after a student meeting in Germany felt a white haze in front of the eye. The eye clinic told him it would have been better if he had come twelve hours earlier. A close friend of the then cardinal believes the haze was the result of an unremarked small stroke.

Since then, they say, the future Pope had to wear glasses with very different strengths.

On top of that, the Pope himself cannot cope with the stairs to the main altar in St. Peter's, without help. The newspaper "La Stampa" reported that after a nocturnal fall on his Central American trip almost a year ago Benedict XVI decided to resign, but this was, however, denied by the Vatican.

Surprisingly, last week came the news that Benedict only about three months ago had a heart operation.

Vatican spokesman Father Lombardi immediately tried to calm things down. During the procedure, only the battery of the pacemaker had been exchanged. "A routine intervention," said Lombardi. The OP has nothing to do with the resignation of the Pope!

But unknown to others, Benedict received a pacemaker when he was a Cardinal.

Farewell General Audience
On 27 February, the pontiff will hold a general audience of the faithful. 150,000 people are expected in Rome.

At the weekend for the penultimate Angelus ("The angel of the Lord ...") of Benedict many believers flocked to St. Peter's Square.

After his retirement Benedict XVI will retire to a monastery in the Vatican City State. He wants to lead a life of prayer and meditation.


The Smoke of Satan has entered the Church

End of 2009 film on life of Pope Paul VI

Archbishop Gänswein reportedly says Cardinal Meisner's statement "not true"

Secretary of Pope Benedict XVI, Archbishop Georg Gänswein is said to have accused the Archbishop of Cologne, Cardinal Joachim Meisner of being untruthful. The Osnabrück-based social ethicist Manfred Spieker was reported in the "Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger" (Wednesday edition). Spieker says he received an email from Gänswein on 14February , in which the latter wrote that it was "not true" that Meisner had called him and spoken with him about his opinion on the "morning after pill". This was "to deny" the report.

The Archbishop of Cologne had earlier in the "Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger" said after his surprising statement, that the "morning after pill" could be ethically used after rape as a contraceptive, he had informed Gänswein by telephone. He said, "The Pope knows. it's all in order".

Spieker, a protagonist of the "protection of life" movement did not at their request provide the "Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger" with Gänsweins alleged e-mail, but quoted from it in conversation.

He stressed that he had sent the secretary of the Pope the relevant passage from the Meisner interview on 12th February. It must be presumed, said the Osnabrück scientists that neither the CDF nor the Pontifical Academy for Life had dealt officially with the declaration of Cardinal Meisner, but that only by phone or electronically given a quick okay for the declaration of the Cardinal. Meisner had in KStA interview highlighted the support for his statement from the Roman institutions.

Cardinal Meisner's spokesman Christoph Heckeley reiterated that Meisner's statement was "intensely" discussed with the Academy for Life and the Congregation. He also indicated a possible misunderstanding of Meisner's statements. The Cardinal did not claim to have given Gänswein or the Pope knowledge of his statement in advance, but only after the publication of his statement. Meisner's U-turn in the moral judgment of the "morning after pill" is a response to the Cologne clinic scandal. In December, two Catholic hospitals refused to treat a raped woman, because they feared that otherwise they needed to provide guidance on the "morning after" pill, the prescription of which was in Catholic institutions at that time strictly prohibited.


See original interview in English

and  German Catholic Bishops' Conference inclined to approve "morning-after" pill

Priest with Superman instead of Christ on his chasuble


The Mexican priest Humberto Alvarez has used unusual methods to make the church attractive to young people. And he gets help from a super-hero.

Superman on his chasuble, blessing with water pistol. The Mexican priest, Humberto Alvarez tries with creativity to get children and youth to like the Church.

There is encouragement and also criticism of his actions said Alvarez according to Mexican media reports. "There are groups which support me and there are people who oppose, as they worry that I might be perceived as a caricature.

The Bishop of Saltillo who is responsible for the priest, Raul Vera has done nothing against his unusual practice. The children's Masses enjoy a lively throng.


Battle in Vatican leaves Archbishop Müller routed by Cardinal Bertone

Secretary of State, Cardinal Bertone reprimands Archbishop Müller

(Lima) in the Andean country of Peru, there is a rebellious university, which Rome has deprived of the right to continue to call itself a "Catholic." The Archbishop who is responsible and nominal Chancellor of the academic institution withdrew from the entire faculty for the right to teach theology. After a heated session, which took place a few days ago in Rome, it has been laid down by the Holy See that the rebel university will continue without theologians. Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone was responsible for invitations to the meeting. The senior participants wished to thwart the intentions of the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,Curial Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller. He had tried to take the side of the Peruvian rebel party. A "gross error" from the protector of the faith, as it is said in Rome.

Several Dicasteries were invited to the meeting to consider a letter from Archbishop Müller to the Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Cipriani Thorne dated the end of January. In it the Prefect demanded an explanation of why the Peruvian Cardinal had revoked the church's permission to teach all the university professors of theology department. The disciplinary measures were notified to the university authorities in December after which the Holy See by decree of June 2012, deprived the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú of the right to continue to describe themselves as "Papal" and "Catholic".

University must not be no longer describe themselves as "Papal" and "Catholic" - entire faculty of theology deprived of teaching license.

The disciplinary measures which had the approval of Pope Benedict XVI, has lost none of its legal validity, since the university boards continue to refuse to reform the statutes and to conform to the the ecclesiastical provisions of the Apostolic Constitution Ex Corde Ecclesiae for higher education institutions.

Although the Roman decree at the time of appointment of the Bishop of Regensburg to Rome had been adopted, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith becaome active after the rebellious professors had turned to complain to him. According to them, the withdrawal of permission to teach was made from "reasons of doctrine." Müller felt himself to be responsible for this matter and called on the Archbishop of Lima, despite his decision to allow the teaching regularly of theology. He justified this unusual step of saying that the Holy See had not yet decided the question.

Archbishop Müller's interference neither in Lima nor in the Vatican taken well
This interference of the new Prefect at the Congregation of the Faith was not taken well in Archbishop's Palace in Lima and not in the other departments in Rome. Therefore Secretary of State Cardinal Bertone called together the meeting at which the Müller 's letter was cancelled. It was done on the grounds that it had merely been a "personal" initiative by the Prefect, who had not even consulted his experts at the Congregation. 

Müller also did not also send the letter via the regular channels of the Apostolic Nunciature in Lima. The Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Cipriani had instead simply just got a fax.  The letter had ignored canon law, according to the other Dicasteries, in which the competent diocesan bishop has the right to grant and revoke the teaching license.

The result of the meeting was immediately sent through diplomatic channels to Peru. It can be summarized as follows: The letter from Archbishop Mueller is null and void and the decision of Archbishop Cardinal Cipriani has undiminished validity.

Müller's letter null and void - "Hard hit" for the new tenant of the Holy Office
The former Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, whose acronym of PUCP has shrunk in UP has not enough teachers who are willing to teach at the university without ecclesiastical permission.

The outcome of the meeting chaired by Cardinal Bertone was a "serious blow" to the new head of the CDF, as Andrés Beltramo Álvarez for Vatican Insider wrote. It is questioned in the Roman Curia whether the "new German" in Rome "is really the right man for such a central post, which demands maximum discipline demands and allows neither for improvisation nor for formal or editorial errors".