Priesternetzwerk for Pope Benedict

The Italian site Messa in latino has an interesting post about a network of German priests, Priesternetzwerk, who support Pope Benedict.

They are alarmed at the bad treatment in the German press and the ambiguous attitude of some of their bishops even at the Pope is being attacked.  They think the intervention of a high political authority was indecent.

Gott sei Dank!

NB: Messa in latino uses the Z style sheet [my comment, heh heh]


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  1. PMcGrath says:

    And the Messa in Latino people linked to the original German text. Though I do wish the Germans had used a larger type size!

  2. Stu says:

    It’s times like these that I wish I was part of the Swiss Guard. Maybe they could start an auxiliary unit..

  3. Steve K. says:

    It warms my heart to see a priest from Fulda as one of the undersigned. I used to be stationed there in the Army and have fond memories of the place, which once upon a time was a vital base for the evangelization of the Germanic tribes.

  4. Steve K. says:

    Übrigens… there is a story in Die Welt from today that speaks of a conflict in the CDU party over Frau Merkel’s unsavory remarks against the Pope. Apparently, quite a few people in her own ranks are upset with her commentary.

  5. Christian says:

    Being from Germany, I have to say that it is a total mess. The media did a brilliant job to give a false color to the happenings. The whole thing has become a very big scandal. The media communicated “Bishop” Williamson’s words almost as words from the Vatican. The revocation of the excommunication was interpreted as a sign that our Holy Father was fine with Williamson’s words in some newspapers. There is almost no other story than this in the news… For several days now…

    The big problem is that denying the Shoah is a unprecendented thing over here. If you do something like that, you have entered the area of felonies. We have free speech. Of course, we do! But if you are a Nazi and you deny the Shoah, freedom of speech ends right there. This is something that understandably is not understood by persons outside of Germany, but I have to admit that I am fine with that. Germany is a country of big culture and with fantastic places and everything. But there were 12 years in our history that changed the face of Germany forever. It is a trauma to the German people. I don’t want to defend anything. I just want to say that this is a most delicate topic.

    In every diocese, persons are leaving the church (not in high numbers yet, as far as I know). The Bishops do everything to get the correct message out there (what the revocation of the excommunication really means and that the Vatican does not deny the Shoah at all). Unfortunately, the media does not do a very good job on reporting about that… In this context, Georg Ratzinger, the Holy Father’s brother, called the German society not a informed society but a misinformed society. Yesterday, a newspaper even misquoted Fr. Gemmingen (he is the head of the German branch of Radio Vatican) that Fr. Gemmingen allegedly said that the Holy Father considers his resignation. Radio Vatican repudiated this immediately, but the article did stir up even more trouble.

    Let us pray for our Holy Father and for the Catholics and all people in Germany that they are able to get the right message and that everything comes to a good end!

  6. Tom in NY says:

    “Programa scatenata” (from messainlatino)indeed. I can hear the chains rattling – a wonderful expression.
    Salutationes omnibus.

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