Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Final Papal Audience in Full- video


Georg Ratzinger interviewed about his brother's abdication

Regensburg - Again, he sat in front of the TV and looked at "Joseph". This is the name Georg Ratzinger uses for his brother, who has been called Benedict XVI for almost eight years and on Wednesday had his last major appearance as Pope.

Although he can no longer see so well, the 89-year-old in Regensburg wanted to see as much of the general audience as popssible of the outgoing head of the Church in St. Peter's Square. "It was very touching," the prelate said to the news agency dpa. "There was a melancholy mood." And Georg Ratzinger added reassuringly added on the poor health of the soon to be emeritus pope. "He is fine"

Also on the evening of 19 April 2005 Georg Ratzinger had been sitting in front of the TV and looked fixedly at the St. Peter's Square, as "Habemus papam" was proclaimed and the Cardinal proto-Deacon proclaimed the name of the new pope: Joseph Ratzinger. From one second to the other, he became pale and the then 81-year-old slumped in his chair. "He is buried in front of the TV and does not say a word," reported his housekeeper, Agnes Heindl at that time. " I've never seen him like that." The fact that his brother was to be pope, and thus he would lose any private life, had shocked him.

But this time the old man who sat with his snow-white hair was a lot more relaxed in front of the TV. "Despite a certain emotion, the positives are of greater weight," Georg Ratzinger said now about the last major appearance of his brother as Pope. The presence of many of the faithful in St. Peter's Square have let the Catholic Church appear as "one big family". His brother had been "relatively well disposed," certified Georg Ratzinger his closest relative, "even though his inner emotions could be seen."

He who had immediately after the election of Joseph Ratzinger to be Pope had heard the words of the longtime Regensburg chapel choir director, could even then hear doubts about the capacity of the prelate, "I had thought that the not so good health of my brother would have led the Cardinals to choose a somewhat younger pope, "Georg Ratzinger said at the time.

For the last appearance of Benedict XVI in St Peter's Square, the 89-year-old was not specially in Rome. "My brother would have had no time in the day for me," Ratzinger explained his absence.

At the inauguration ceremony on 24 April 2005, he had certainly been there. His next visit to the then already emeritus pope's summer residence in Castel Gandolfo is planned for mid-April.
A repeated return visit of his brother to him in Regensburg, Georg Ratzinger, does not believe will happen. "Joseph" will no longer come to Germany, the longtime head of the cathedral choir is sure, even if Prime Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) personally gave an invitation to the Pope at the Vatican on Wednesday. When Benedict XVI visited Bavaria in 2006, he returned for a few hours to the house of Georg Ratzinger.

Thus, the older brother will still visit the younger several times a year in Rome, soon in in his new home, a converted monastery Vatican. There will be space for both. For Georg Ratzinger knows: "I get my own room."


Georg Ratzinger is not convinced that one of the Cardinal Electors is even a Catholic.

Archives which may throw light on Cardinal O'Brien allegations closed for a 100 years


All material of a personal nature including medical records and reports on progress of students is subject to 100 year closure.

Description Although the archives listed here were from Gillis College, the larger part relate to the previous colleg at Drygrange. The move from Drygange to Gillis took place in summer of 1986.

Most of the papers are from the file of successive rectors. They include not only material on the administration and teaching practice of the colleges but also on the running of Drygrange Estate. Furthermore, as the rectors were involved with national and diocesan commissions as well as being members of different societies, the archives reflect all these aspects of the rectors' lives as well. There are also a small number of purely personal papers.


Cardinal who is not Alan Dershowitz's candidate for the Papacy, defended by Abe Foxman

Harvard academic Alan Dershowitz has hit out at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) over its support for an allegedly antisemitic candidate for next pope, saying he intends “to fight this all the way to Rome”.

In a letter published in the Miami Herald, Mr Dershowitz accused Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras of propagating conspiracy theories about Jews, describing him as an “unrepentant sinner” who has compared the “Jewish-controlled media” to Hitler for its persecution of the church.

He said the cardinal, a possible replacement for Pope Benedict XVI, blamed the Jews for “the scandal surrounding the sexual misconduct of priests toward young parishioners.”
Mr Dershowitz added: “He has argued that the Jews got even with the Catholic Church for its anti-Israel positions by arranging for the media — which they, of course, control — to give disproportionate attention to the Vatican sex scandal.”

But National Director of the ADL Abraham Foxman defended the cardinal. “As far as we are concerned, the issue is closed,” he said.

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Pope Benedict's Pontificate in 2 minutes


Pope invited to return to Bavaria

Rome - Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) has thanked the Pope for his distinctive pontificate. Bavaria and Germany were "very, very grateful," said Seehofer to Benedict XVI at a personal meeting after the last general audience in Rome.

"Bavarians are also sad," he added. Seehofer brought greetings to the Pope from President Joachim Gauck, whom he had met the previous day in Munich. He also invited the then retired Pope to Bavaria. "The answer was a very nice smile," Seehofer said of the brief meeting at the Vatican. The Pope wished Bavaria and his home region all the best while taking on "serene look".

Benedict XVI on 11 February unexpectedly announced his resignation, his term ending on Thursday.


Video of post-Vatican III worship


The Missal is already available in draft form

Cardinal Kasper against quick start to Conclave

The retired German Cardinal Walter Kasper has spoken out against a premature start to the papal election. On Vatican Radio, he said on Tuesday, the Cardinals should take your time, "to think about what kind of pope we need now, and the Church needs now." In the Curia and in the global church, there are large problems. Therefore how the pope could be helped to lead the church must be considered.

Meanwhile, it was announced that Pope Benedict XVI should hold after his resignation on Thursday the title "Pontifex emeritus" or "emeritus pope" is. He should be addressed as "His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI" the spokesman for the Vatican, Lombardi, announced on Tuesday.

The dean of the College of Cardinals, Sodano, is required by 1 March to invite all the cardinals to Rome to begin the general congregations to prepare for the papal election as soon as possible.


Cardinal Danneels leaves for Rome, calls for Papal privy council and Curia reform

The new pope must bring unity in diversity, Cardinal Danneels said on Wednesday at a press conference before his departure for Rome, where he will be present on Thursday for the farewell ceremony of Benedict XVI. For the latter the cardinal had nothing but praise.

It was the first time since the announcement of the resignation of Benedict XVI Cardinal Danneels had spoken to the press.

Danneels is thus going to the conclave, despite various calls not to do. They came there because he would not have moral authority to decide on the successor to the Pope because a judicial inquiry against him because he would have been aware of abuse in the church, but not surgery. A pope is not a matter of moral authority, but it is the duty of every Cardinal Danneels said about that.

The cardinal began his speech with praise for the current pope. He praised him as one who serves his talents fully stated as leader of the church. The three books he wrote about the life of Jesus are written in the style of the Fathers, and that is saying something, "says Danneels.

But wait many challenges still wait the new Pope, he says. His main task is 'unity in diversity'. "We live in a complex world, with rapidly evolving communications and different realities and sensitivities in different continents. The new Pope should try to bring more unity. According to Danneels, the next Pope should be someone with 'great empathy' for sensitivities and differences.

Cardinal Danneels on Wednesday also called for changes in the Curia and supports a privy counsel to assist the Pope.

Cardinal Danneels departs on Wednesday for Rome to attend on Thursday morning the farewell ceremony for Benedict XVI. He remains there until a new Pope is elected.


French Archbishop strongly criticises the Pope for renunciation of his office

Monsignor Roland Minnerath, Archbishop of Dijon, broke his silence after the shock announcement on Monday of Pope Benedict XVI. Further surprise, his reaction also shows a big difference from the point of view of the person leaving his office on February 28.

Bishop Minnerath (to right of Pope) and Bishops of the Province of Dijon, surrounding Pope Benedict XVI during the last Ad Limina visit to Rome in November 2012

On Monday, learning of the decision of Benedict XVI to leave his position as Pope for health reasons at the end of February, Archbishop Minnerath, according to RCF parabole (a radio channel) who was given a sole and unique interview, "did not want believe it. "

On Wednesday morning, Archbishop Minnerath agreed to speak on this sensitive subject. He did this without omitting to point out some disagreement with someone he knows, since the two men both worked at the Theological Commission in Rome.

"When one is Pope, we assume it is unto death", ruled the man of faith.

Explaining: "What is important is that the ministry of a priest, a bishop or the Pope, his intellectual qualities or the gift he makes of himself to Christ?".

"Is it not that which beareth fruit, more than anything else?," analyzed the archbishop before citing the example at the end of the pontificate of Benedict's predecessor, John Paul II:

"He was very impotent during the last years of his life, but he remained to the end" adding: "He gave an example of 'remaining faithful to the call I received.'"

Although he recognizes that Benedict XVI has made a choice "in conscious.”

"But it should not be at the expense of the choices others make to stay until the end."

"This is unprecedented"

This renunciation is a kind of revolution in the Church, which Monsignor Minnerath does not see in a very good light. "If we introduce a criterion of efficiency, this is quite valid in the Government of the temporal things by a head of state. But the exercise of the episcopate or the priesthood is something else!" thundered the archbishop.

According to him, when one is Pope, it means being "a witness, and one is a witness to all ages, whether you are in good condition or tired."

Especially since he highlights "the dimension of the relationship of the Pope to Christ." The following can already be imagined: "What is their status to be?This is unheard of!".

"Humility, simplicity, kindness"

However, Bishop Minnerath is not as severe when it comes to the balance of the eight years of Benedict XVI: "I pray for him, he gave a lot of himself. And also a beautiful testimony of the doctrine of the Church in the times that are ours. "

He retains most of all his "extreme humility, his simplicity and kindness."

Especially since he was found to be very different from the picture painted by the media after taking office: "It is just the opposite of what was told in the beginning."

Hints from his past as Prefect of the Congregation of the Faith made him pass for an ultra-conservative in the Vatican.

Yet this does not "conform" with what Bishop Minnerath knows, citing his "finesse, his kindness and gentleness."

Especially since he was ultimately only half surprised, "he announced that if he was not in good health, he would retire.And he retired!."

What Msgr Minnerath fears the most is "collateral consequences of such a decision."

Revealing "I'm always hesitant when I see such changes, introduced in haste."

Source Msgr Minnerath has written a book on the Papal Primacy, which he discusses, for those understanding French.