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Many Catholics across the country traveled thousands of miles last week to see Pope Benedict XVI, but for one Stillwater business man and Catholic theologian, the man now known as the spiritual leader of the Catholic church at one time was simply Professor Ratzinger.Thomas Loome, owner of Loome Theological Booksellers, (this famous bookstore has since been sold) was a student of Benedict 41 years ago at the University of Tubingen in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany when Benedict was a professor at the school."I had been accepted and Joseph Ratzinger took up an appointment at Tubingen at the same time I arrived," Loome said. "For the first couple years I had access to Professor Ratzinger and would attend his lectures. He wouldn't remember me but I have a lot of recollections of him."Loome says at the time Ratzinger was already becoming an influence in Catholic and academic circles because of his intellect and calm demeanor."He was very shy, soft-spoken and diffident in his relations with people," he said. "And I think he's still that way. A certain kind of diplomacy comes naturally to him and being principled, but talking kindly and he's able to make a lot more influence just by following his own personality."Loome said most classes he had with Ratzinger averaged 25 to 50 students who were taught in a small lecture hall. His interaction with him mostly happened immediately after class if he had questions about lessons being taught or how to further study material that was taught in class."I had no personal relationship with him and yet my head is filled with memories of Professor Ratzinger inside and outside of class," he said. "I remember I used to walk to class about two miles and towards the end of that walk I would always see Ratzinger in front of me and I guess he was going to the same place I was going. Those are the kind of recollections I had."Ratzinger was a young full-time professor during the time Loome had courses with him, which is a very prestigious and difficult position in Germany for someone only 40 year old to achieve, Loome said.Loome admits he never would have thought Ratzinger would someday become the pope when he was his student, and was surprised that he was selected."I think the people that did the electing realize that it was imperative that the Catholic church have a gifted intellect as pope," he said. "Someone who could talk, who could explain, and defend."Loome still has an inscribed photograph of Benedict on his desk to remind him of his early days, he said.Loome was invited as a guest speaker last Friday for the 5th Annual Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C.Loome was chosen as one of the three speakers to follow President George Bush because of the Houses of Hospitality for Women and Children shelters he operates with his wife Karen in Stillwater.Loome said he spoke to an audience of about 2,000 people including Supreme Court Justice John Roberts and presidential candidate John McCain. The event provided a great opportunity for Loome to speak on the charitable shelters, he said."There was a remarkable Jewish rabbi that said a prayer," he said. "It was really brief but it was a fabulous prayer for Pope Benedict XVI."A representative from Iraq also led a prayer, Loome said, and spoke very "movingly."However, Loome said he did not find it appropriate for John McCain to be introduced to the audience at the ceremony during a presidential election."It was very impressive, but I did think it was politicized in a way," he said. "It's a prayer breakfast and I didn't think it should have a political edge."
Mar 5 16 8:11 AM
Joseph Ratzinger once lived in the apartment now occupied by
It is a strange feeling to sit in a chair which is placed on
exactly the same spot where a future Pope once slept. “His bed stood here" says Marianne
Hartmann "and what is today my bedroom was then his study."
The young theologian Joseph Ratzinger lived in the apartment
between 1963 and 1966. At that time he was professor of dogmatic theology at
the University of Münster. His apartment was at Annette-Allee 18. Today
Marianne Hartmann lives there.
Unfortunately Frau Hartmann’s memory is not very accurate.
"First he lived here with his sister, but she died
after a short time. Later a housekeeper moved in" she recalls. (Maria
Ratzinger did not die in Munster. She lived there with her brother and moved
with him to Tubingen, Regensburg and Rome. She died on 2 November 1991 while on
a trip to Pentling, where she had gone to visit the grave of their parents)
After the professor left in the morning to cycle to the
university, Marianne Hartmann days she visited with his sister. "We understood each other very
well" she claims.
At that time she lived with her husband in Münster in the
attic of his parents' house - and from there she had a clear view of the garden
where the current Pope would meet with his students for talks. "They would
sit over there, on the steps," said Marianne Hartmann pointing across the
garden. After the theological discussions she says she saw Ratzinger and his students
playing football in the garden. (This does not seem very likely as Ratzinger hated
“I immediately noticed that he was a special person,"
she recalls. He spent a lot of time sitting at a desk and often worked late
into the night. She herself did not often converse with him, "but he spoke
in French with my mother - she was from France".
When Ratzinger was elected pope, many years later, "I
was naturally proud" she said.
When Ratzinger left Münster in 1966, Marianne Hartmann and
her husband moved into his apartment. They followed the career of the previous
tenant over the years. That Benedict eventually resigned, this sprightly senior
citizen considers "just reasonable".
May 16 16 12:58 AM
Today, on the Feast of Pentecost, I called Fr. Ingo Dollinger, a German priest and former professor of theology in Brasil, who is now quite elderly and physically weak. He has been a personal friend of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (the use of this title is a warning of where this person shoots from) for many years. Father Dollinger unexpectedly confirmed over the phone the following facts:Not long after the June 2000 publication of the Third Secret of Fatima by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger told Fr. Dollinger during an in-person conversation that there is still a part of the Third Secret that they have not published! “There is more than what we published,” Ratzinger said. He also told Dollinger that the published part of the Secret is authentic and that the unpublished part of the Secret speaks about “a bad council and a bad Mass” that was to come in the near future.Father Dollinger gave me permission to publish these facts on this High Feast of the Holy Ghost and he gave me his blessing.Father Dollinger was ordained a priest in 1954 and served as secretary of the well-respected bishop of Augsburg, Josef Stimpfle. In God’s providence, I met this bishop once when I was not yet a Catholic, and I was deeply touched by his humility, warmth and welcome. He invited me to visit him once in Augsburg. When I was in the process of conversion, I did reach out to him, but then, to my chagrin, I discovered that Bishop Stimpfle had already passed away. (He is greatly missed.)Father Dollinger was himself also involved with the German Bishops’ Conference’s discussions concerning freemasonry in the 1970s at the end of which came the statement that freemasonry is not compatible with the Catholic Faith.He later taught moral theology at the seminary of the Order of Canons Regular of the Holy Cross which belongs to the Opus Angelorum. Bishop Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan, is member of that same Order of Canons Regular of the Holy Cross. Most importantly, Father Dollinger had Padre Pio (d. 1968) as his confessor for many years and became very close to him. Dollinger is also personally known to one of my beloved family members.This sensitive information pertaining to the Third Secret, which has been circulating among certain Catholic groups for a few years now, (guess what kind of groups those are) has now been personally confirmed to me by Fr. Dollinger himself, at a time in history where the Church seems to have fallen into a pit of confusion. (Oh our dear friend Confusion - so very useful for current dissidents) It might help explain, at least in part, why we are where we are now. (Perhaps a dose of self examination by cons would be more effective on that score)Importantly, it shows the loving mercy of the Mother of God to warn us and to prepare her children for this battle that the Church now finds herself in. In spite of the decision of those in responsible places within the Church, She has made sure the fuller truth would still be revealed and spread.This information also might explain why Pope Benedict XVI, once he had become pope, tried to undo some of the injustices that are directly related with this Dollinger revelation, namely: he freed the Traditional Mass from its suppression; he removed the excommunication of the bishops of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX); and lastly, he publicly declared in 2010 in Fatima: “We would be mistaken to think that Fatima’s prophetic mission is complete.” He also added these words in an interview during his airplane flight to Fatima:As for the new things which we can find in this message today, there is also the fact that attacks on the Pope and the Church come not only from without, but the sufferings of the Church come precisely from within the Church, from the sin existing within the Church. This too is something that we have always known, but today we are seeing it in a really terrifying way: that the greatest persecution of the Church comes not from her enemies without, but arises from sin within the Church, and that the Church thus has a deep need to re-learn penance, to accept purification, to learn forgiveness on the one hand, but also the need for justice.With this statement, Benedict XVI effectively contradicted his own earlier words of June, 2000, where he had stated:First of all we must affirm with Cardinal Sodano: ‘… the events to which the third part of the ‘secret’ of Fatima refers now seem part of the past’. Insofar as individual events are described, they belong to the past. Those who expected exciting apocalyptic revelations about the end of the world or the future course of history are bound to be disappointed.All these actions of Pope Benedict XVI show that he must have known, in his conscience, that he somehow had to correct certain injustices and confusing ambiguities of the recent past. He defended the traditional Mass, he gave back dignity to the SSPX, (Dignity! His actions caused a global scandal because of the odious Anti_semite Williamson) and he re-inserted the importance of the Fatima message. Additionally, he also tried to deal with the mystery of Vatican II, although, it seems, in too vague of a manner. (What nerve these rabid cons have!)In this context, it might be worth mentioning that my husband and I were both together told by a priest who had met privately with Pope Benedict XVI that Pope Benedict himself considers Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre “to be the greatest theologian of the 20th century.” (Perhaps the priest was on something. Or perhaps he spoke to an "aide")My husband and I both vouch for having heard these exact words directly from this priest — words which were allegedly spoken by Pope Benedict in the context of the pope’s proposal to re-introduce Marcel Lefebvre’s teaching more widely into the Catholic Church. (Uuh?)While we contemplate the gravity of the cumulative omissions and delays concerning the actual release of the full Third Secret, and when heaven had asked us to do it – namely, not later than 1960 – we are grateful to the Holy Ghost that He has seemingly made possible now this affirmative telephone conversation today on the Feast of Pentecost. May the true message of Fatima – together with the recent revelations of Fr. Brian Harrison and Dr. Alice von Hildebrand about what it also contains – spread far and wide and thereby help free all faithful Catholics from any bondage to half truths and deficient loyalties. May we all freely and fully adhere to the full Truth of the Message of Mary’s Mercy – which will surely, under grace, help to set us free!(Barking!)
First of all we must affirm with Cardinal Sodano: ‘… the events to which the third part of the ‘secret’ of Fatima refers now seem part of the past’. Insofar as individual events are described, they belong to the past. Those who expected exciting apocalyptic revelations about the end of the world or the future course of history are bound to be disappointed.
May 16 16 6:08 AM
... words which were allegedly spoken by Pope Benedict ...
May 21 16 3:57 AM
May 21 16 5:53 AM
... the Communiqué reads – “In this regard, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI declares ‘never to have spoken with Professor Dollinger about Fatima’, clearly affirming that the remarks attributed to Professor Dollinger on the matter ‘are pure inventions, absolutely untrue’, and he confirms decisively that ‘the publication of the Third Secret of Fatima is complete’.”
Nov 11 16 3:57 AM
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