High praise for Card. Sarah from Archbp. Gänswein

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Ed Pentin has a good note at the National Catholic Register:

Archbishop Gänswein Praises Cardinal Sarah for His Prophetic Witness

Cardinal Robert Sarah’s boldness in proclaiming the Gospel and resisting the Zeitgeist is a prophetic witness reminiscent of a 5th century North African Pope who laid the foundations for healthy church-state relations, Archbishop George Gänswein has said.

In a well-received speech in Rome Nov. 20 at the launch of the German edition of the book ‘God or Nothing’ — an interview with Cardinal Sarah by Nicolas Diat — the personal secretary of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI compared the cardinal favorably to Pope Gelasius I whom the Church, by coincidence, commemorated on Nov. 20.


Cardinal Sarah, Archbishop Gänswein said in closing, “is someone who loves”, a man who shows us “how and which masterpiece God wants to shape us into if we do not oppose His artist’s hands.”

During the recent Synod on the Family, Cardinal Sarah gave one of the strongest interventions of the three week meeting, comparing gender ideology and the Islamic State to “apocalyptic beasts“.

Read the rest there.

The text of Archbp. Gänswein’s speech is included.

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  1. Robbie says:

    Alan Holdren, the CNA/EWTN Rome bureau chief, attended this event and tweeted the buzz was the attendees were listening to the next pope.

  2. benedetta says:

    Quite interesting.

    I am finally able to buy this book by Cardinal Sarah on kindle!

  3. Scott Woltze says:

    When he’s elected our next pope, I’ll smile for six months straight.

  4. Eugene says:

    Dear Father Z
    Can you start a movement of prayer, i.e. something your thousands of readers can register for on line, to Almighty God to direct His Holy Spirit to move the hearts of future Cardinal electors to vote this modern day prophet to the chair of Peter?

  5. Nicolas Bellord says:

    “God or Nothing” is the most brilliant and inspirational book I have read in years. It will endure as a classic of spiritual reading alongside such as “The Imitation of Christ”. Please God that he will be the next Pope.

  6. HighMass says:

    Let us Pray Card. Sarah will be our next Pope, he or Cardinal Burke!

  7. HighMass says:

    Let us Pray Card. Sarah will be our next Pope, he or Cardinal Burke!

  8. William Tighe says:

    Those who read German would do well to seek out the last book of the great historian of the papacy, Walter Ullmann: Gelasius I. (492–496): Das Papsttum an der Wende der Spätantike zum Mittelalter (Stuttgart, 1981: Anton Hiersemann). It is not a biography of Gelasius, but treats him as the culmination of the “self-image” of the papacy which had been developing ever since the time of the Emperor Constantine.

  9. Ferde Rombola says:

    I, too am praying for the elevation of Cardinal Sarah to the Chair of Peter. It’s hard to believe he and the likes of Wuerl and Cupich are members of the same Church.

  10. pannw says:

    The book is ‘Temporarily Out of Stock’ at Amazon. Booo… I hope that means loads of them have already been sold!

  11. TNCath says:

    This is interesting for several reasons, not the least of which is the obvious esteem Archbishop Ganswein has for Cardinal Sarah, of course, but also the fact that Archbishop Ganswein is perhaps eh only person in the Church who has daily access to both Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict. He may play a pivotal role in keeping Pope Francis from ultimately succumbing to Cardinal Kasper and Company.

  12. Traductora says:

    There has been speculation in Europe that Abp Ganswein was the author of the Pope’s recent address to the German bishops, which is not typical Francis (they were criticized for ignoring doctrine!) and also much more rational and coherent than anything written for him by Forte or Kasper. It was written in German and the Pope simply read it. If you read it, you’ll note the clarity and precision of Ganswein.

    I did notice that the author included the Pope’s misuse of the word “Pelagianism,” but this time the Pelagians were adhering to institutional structures. This is certainly something that has kept the German bishops fat and happy and which the Pope has ignored (the church tax and its income and connection with the State) because of Kasper, who clearly did NOT write this address.

    In any case, getting back to Cdl Sarah, the comparison with Gelasius is interesting and maybe Cdl Sarah will someday have a chance to pick that name.

  13. Mariana2 says:

    “Let us Pray Card. Sarah will be our next Pope, he or Cardinal Burke!”

    Or Archbishop Gänswein!

  14. HighMass says:

    Yes Mariana2 , I agree with you Archbishop Gänswein too would make a wonderful Pontiff, hopefully he will get the red hat soon?

  15. Kathleen10 says:

    Archbishop Ganswein just came out with high praise for the priest who trotted out of the closet so triumphantly.

  16. Mariana2 says:


    Where did you find that?

  17. acardnal says:

    Mariana2, I saw it on Gloria.tv website. HERE

  18. donato2 says:

    Yes Cardinal Sarah would make a wonderful Pope but don’t hold your breath. He is now a high profile Ratzingerian and as such it will face unified liberal opposition, which is growing ever stronger with each appointment by Pope Francis.

  19. Mariana2 says:


    Thanks! It is a bit different in the original German. Gänswein says he “knew” Chamsara, and that he “was” brilliant, and that he, Gänswein, hadn’t realised things had developed “in this direction”, that he blames him for trying to influence the Synod, and that if Chamsara’s “life situation” isn’t according to the teachings of the Faith, he has to “draw the consequences” .

    Of course the poor Father can be brilliant.

  20. Joe in Canada says:

    Much better than this (the First Things article refers to a post on the website of the German Bishops’ Conference, although the post is not by a German Bishop) http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/11/german-bishops-website-on-africa-cardinal-sarah

  21. Charles E Flynn says:

    You would think the German bishops would know better:

    German Bishops’ Website on African & Cardinal Sarah, by Leroy Huizenga, for First Things.

  22. Nicolas Bellord says:

    I do hope Cardinal Sarah’s book has been translated into German and that the German Bishops get to read it. They then might get to discover that Cardinal Sarah is better educated than the vast majority of European Bishops.

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