03 February 2009

'not yet been made sufficiently clear'

Pope Benedict's decision to rescind the excommunication of four bishops belonging to the Society of Saint Pius X continues to generate plenty of debate - especially in the light of his subsequent decision to appoint Gerhard Maria Wagner Auxiliary Bishop of Linz in Austria.

Spiegel today published an article discussing the reaction in Germany from a variety of people, including the Catholic Archbishop of Hamburg, Werner Thissen, originally reported in the Hamburger Abendblatt.

Reuters carried a similar report with comments from former German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher, who was writing for the Mitteldeutsche Zeitung.

The most significant intervention came today from Chancellor Angela Merkel. Chancellor Merkel has a reputation for caution, and it says something about how strong feeling is among some in Germany that she chose to speak out - the words of the title above are hers.

Her comments came in the unlikely setting of a press conference with President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, who is on an official visit to Germany, and were offered in response to a journalist's question. A video of the conference is available from the Federal Government website. The question, and the Chancellor's response, come about eleven minutes into the video.

1 comment:

Dennis Junior said...

Why would the Catholic Church allowed this person back into the fold; following his accusatory tone towards...the past issues among the Jewish community...