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The theologian was a frequent visitor: whether as professor, as archbishop of Munich and Freising or later as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Then the family gathered around the dinner table: he always sat at the head. Just as the current Pope maintains traditions, he did so too with the meal. He always had Fritattensuppe (consomme with strips of crepe), then tafelspitz (boiled beef filet) or veal. Afterwards vanilla ice cream with warm raspberries, the lady of the house said, grinning. Despite the long friendship, the many discussions about the meaning of life, the significance of religion, the family’s questions, they always (used the formal mode of address) Sie. This outward appearance (of formality) does not change anything about their cordial affection. It didn’t bother Joseph Ratzinger to play with the Richardis grandchildren on the floor. Since Ratzinger’s election as Pope much has changed. Spontaneous telephone calls are rare. Before, when he was still Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, it was always possible to call. Every day after the evening news at 20:30 he was in the room where the telephone stood, Margarete Richardi reports. And today? Naturally we don’t wear out our welcome, she says. When they want to talk to the Holy Father, then they do it via his secretary Ganswein. Most of their contact is with Ratzinger’s brother Georg. Margarete Richardi worries touchingly about the almost blind former Domkapellmeister. “Once a week I read to him. Then we also talk about the family. Because the brothers talk to each other regularly by telephone, the Pope learns the most important things about us.” Mrs. Richardi has already read to Georg Ratzinger all of his brothers books. Then the biographies of composers from Bach to Mozart to Brahms. At the moment a Metha biography is in line. Reinhard Richardi responds with a laugh to the question what the Pope wishes for his return home: That he comes back safe and sound. More seriously he adds: He would surely be pleased with a large welcome. Because that would show appreciation. The Richardi’s do not say whether they will meet him on his private day. Loyalty and discretion now are among the most important services of friendship that they can show the Pope. But one can hardly imagine that the common prohibition on approaching the Popes house also applies to these old friends.
Mar 5 15 4:33 AM
Before, when he was still Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine
of the Faith, it was always possible to call. Every day after the
evening news at 20:30 he was in the room where the telephone stood,
Margarete Richardi reports. And today? Naturally we don’t wear out our
welcome, she says. When they want to talk to the Holy Father, then they
do it via his secretary Ganswein.
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Zenit - In the interview which the prefect of the Papal Household and private secretary to Pope Benedict XVI granted yesterday, he discusses his experiences under both pontificates, and speaks specifically on Pope Francis’ pontificate, the Pope Emeritus’ health and the Vatileaks scandal. Pope Francis Archbishop Gaenswein reflected on Pope Francis’ ability to always ‘surprise.’ "With the announcement of the extraordinary Holy Year, Pope Francis gave another proof of his ability to surprise." Asked how the Pope is up close, he replied: "The personal perception and the perception of the media coincide. Pope Francis is an authentic person. He is how he looks to the viewer from a distance or on TV ... I'm surprised by his ability to manage having always so many events, general and private audiences, personal meetings, etc.” “At age 78, Pope Francis tackles everything with extraordinary strength.” He also reflected on the obstacles in the path of Church reform. "Of course, there are those who may not have his vision," he said, "but it cannot be said that Pope Francis is hampered or thwarted. The challenge of the missionary Church is the main theme of his pontificate," he said. The Vatican official noted the Curia is working on economic and financial issues, but it takes patience and time.( and the more time the better for those not wanting change) “A large ship cannot change course in a short time, it is not a small boat." (Perhaps it needs to get rid of some ballast)The archbishop also responded to Pope Francis’ statements which have caused media waves, such as giving a "punch" to those who offend or parents giving a child "a spanking." He admitted that, "In the Anglo-Saxon and German world, he has created a heated discussion, even one which is a little 'exaggerated.’” “You have to contextualize his words and steer them in his direct communication style," he said, "especially when he speaks off the cuff. He likes to speak in a clear and open way.” “Maybe, after certain reactions, which may also depend on the sensitivity of different peoples and countries, he could change gears." Pope Benedict (Father Benedict!)Archbishop Gaenswein also reflected on Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, (Father Benedict) for whom he has been secretary since 2003. He remembered crying when Pope Emeritus left the Apostolic Palace in Castel Gandolfo, after resigning. "I was moved,” he said. “After eight years there as a secretary, I was living a historic moment. Instead, Pope Benedict was serene." That evening of February 28, he reflected, he had withheld his emotions, until they became tears. The German archbishop also spoke of how the Pope Emeritus passes his days. “He's fine, for his age,” he reflected, noting he makes afternoon stroll daily in the Vatican Gardens. "I usually go with him. )We recite the Rosary together. We walk [30 minutes]. Pope Benedict, who has always had a brisk pace, now, on the advice of the doctor, he uses a walker, and a cane in the house. The days always start with Mass, and I concelebrate with him every morning. During the day, he reads, studies, answers many letters and, not infrequently, in the evening, he plays the piano.” "With the three volumes on Jesus of Nazareth, he ended his theological work,” he noted. “He [Pope Benedict] says he has no more strength to write." he noted. Yet, he said during Sunday Mass, the Pope Emeritus always gives the homily, without written notes. "He has a good memory." Gaenswein on His Role The prefect also reflected on his unprecedented role, the first prelate to be a collaborator to two Popes. (Collaborator? I think not!)"I started this journey with great faith, energy, but also a bit of fear. Now, after two years, it is easier. At first, I was more insecure," he said, noting this was partially due to some having greater expectations from the retired Pope to stay more involved. “The attitude of welcoming Pope Benedict XVI to Francis was, and is, exemplary. Between the two, there really is a very friendly and respectful relationship," he said. Vatileaks Remembering the Vatileaks scandal, the archbishop called it a difficult period in which he experienced disappointment and felt betrayed. Yet, he noted, how Pope Benedict has always had confidence in him. (Yes, he "confidence" in Bertone too)“I felt, in a sense, responsible for not having adequately supervised,( Honourable men usually resign after such an oversight) for giving confidence to those who did not deserve it.” He said. “Of course, even among the Apostles, there were those who betrayed him [Jesus]. But when I realized that the person doing so was a person so close to the Pope, I was very shocked ... When I look back, I feel sorry in my heart." (Really?)
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He also reflected on the obstacles in the path of Church reform. "Of course, there are those who may not have his vision," he said, "but it cannot be said that Pope Francis is hampered or thwarted. The challenge of the missionary Church is the main theme of his pontificate," he said.
“He [Pope Benedict] says he has no more strength to write." he noted. Yet, he said during Sunday Mass, the Pope Emeritus always gives the homily, without written notes.
The prefect also reflected on his unprecedented role, the first prelate to be a collaborator to two Popes.
“I felt, in a sense, responsible for not having adequately supervised …”
Mar 18 15 11:50 AM
Ganswein coordinates Francis’ audiences, an administrative task at best, and one that can - and is - performed in his absence by the very able Msgr. Leonardo Sapienza, who has been with the Prefecture of the Papal Household for three decades as its protocol officer, and certainly has infinitely more experience than Ganswein
Mar 18 15 3:54 PM
Benodette and Unicorn, you have really said everything that
needs to be said about the prefect/pontifex‘ latest foray into the world of
pulp magazines. I’m growing so incredibly tired of the incessant repetition every
few weeks of the same platitudes about the same subjects in every interview
that he graces us with:
Yes we know Francis‘ style is different from
Yes we know Benedict’s resignation affected him
Yes we know Benedict is fine for his age
Yes we know they pray the Rosary together
we know he is the collaborator of two Popes
Yes we know he found it difficult at first
Yes we know Francis and Benedict get on fine
And as for mentioning the love letters that he still
receives. Good gracious, how a man in his position – the self-declared pontifex
between two Popes no less – should feel the need to publicly coquet with
something like that is completely beyond me. If anything, it’s childish and
embarrassing. What is he trying to convey with this information anyway?
I just wish he would simply SHUT UP for good!
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The Ratzinger forum is my fan page of choice
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Mar 21 15 10:05 AM
How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,' when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother's eye.
Benodette, you sound so much like someone who knows G.G. personally and has "an axe to grind" with him
Your obsession with Mons. Gaenswein and your continuing campaign to assassinate his character whenever possible ...
His job has not been an easy one, and his role as "bridge" between two Popes of contrasting characters and programs is problematical, to say the least.
I have always said that we should extend to Mons. Gaenswein the same courtesies that we extend to other prelates.
Mar 21 15 11:53 AM
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