Afterwards, Georg studied Church music in Munich, while serving in different priestly functions for the diocese. He completed his studies in and became chorus director in his home parish in Traunstein. In February he was made musical director, Domkapellmeister, at St. Peters Cathedral in Regensburg , thereby becoming the chorus master of the Cathedral Choir, the Regensburger Domspatzen. As director of this boys' and men's choir, Ratzinger oversaw the recording of numerous pieces e. Bach : Christmas Oratorio and motets, H. In the choir celebrated its 1,th anniversary.
In Ratzinger indicated he would be prepared to testify to aid investigations into claims of abuse at the Regensburger Domspatzen choir in Germany. Der Spiegel has reported that therapists in the region are treating several alleged victims from the choir. A man who lived in the choir-linked boarding school until has contended that "a sophisticated system of sadistic punishments in connection with sexual lust" had been installed there.
Der Spiegel quoted the man, a composer Franz Wittenbrink, as saying it would be inexplicable that the pope's brother did not know anything about it. He claims to have been relieved when corporal punishment was forbidden in Ratzinger has denied any knowledge of sexual abuse. Ratzinger retired from his position as director of the choir in and has been a canon in Regensburg since 25 January In , during a visit to his brother in Rome, symptoms of heart failure and arrhythmia led to a brief admission at the Agostino Gemelli University Polyclinic.
On 29 June Ratzinger celebrated sixty years as a priest and gave an interview on the topic, during which he noted that during the ordination, "My brother was the second to youngest, though there were some who were older. The celebrations included personal letter written by Maria Elena Bergoglio to Ratzinger.
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Wielgus admitted that he had "contacts," but denied ever having denounced anyone or otherwise collaborated. On Jan. Here's the nugget Tornielli and Rodari add to the record: It wasn't until Jan. This omission came despite the fact, as Tornielli and Rodari point out, that the institute made its index available on the Internet two years before. Rodari and Tornielli say it's an "open question" why no one did that before approving Wielgus for the most important post in Polish Catholicism, especially given the hyper-sensitivity in Poland about collaboration.
Open, indeed. One more nugget: Tornielli and Rodari cite Fr. A letter from then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to the bishop in Oakland at the time, saying that Kiesle's case should go slow "for the good of the universal church," has been widely touted as proof of the pope's ambivalent record on the sexual abuse crisis. Fabbri, however, says that interpretation rests on a misreading of Ratzinger's letter, which was issued in Latin. The letter speaks of "dispensation," Fabbri says, not expulsion from the clerical state.
The issue in the letter was not, therefore, whether Kiesle should be defrocked, but whether he should be released from his obligation of celibacy. Under canon law, the two things don't automatically go together.
Canon states: "Loss of the clerical state does not entail a dispensation from the obligation of celibacy, which only the Roman Pontiff grants. If a priest's obligation of celibacy automatically ended with laicization, then being laicized under penal law would ipso facto mean freedom to marry in the church. In other words, it would amount to a reward for committing a crime.
The bottom line, Fabbri says, is that by refusing to grant such a dispensation right away in the Kiesle case, Ratzinger was actually being tough with an abuser, not lax. The obvious question this begs: If that's true -- and it certainly seems a compelling explanation -- why didn't we hear about it right out of the gate from somebody authoritative? Why does this sort of thing always seem to be a day late and a dollar short? That about-face came after media outlets recycled incendiary statements Wagner had made back in , theorizing that Hurricane Katrina was divine punishment for the immorality of New Orleans, and in , suggesting that Harry Potter leads children into Satanism.
While most Catholics saw the Wagner episode as another Vatican failure to adequately vet nominees, Tornielli and Rodari produce a zinger that cuts in the other direction from an unnamed Vatican official: "Cardinals and bishops can publicly criticize the pope all they want, but an auxiliary bishop is forced to resign because of a couple of statements years ago about Katrina and Harry Potter … it's truly incredible. Getting that kind of insider skinny is a primary reason we need an English translation of the book. The piece referred to a provocative essay by Eric Dezenhall, a former aide to Ronald Reagan, titled "Not all publicity is good publicity.
Now CEO of his own communications agency, Dezenhall debunks eight chestnuts propagated by gurus of corporate spin, prominent among which is the idea that every crisis is an opportunity. The Catholic equivalent, I suppose, would be that every crisis is a "teaching moment. Bunk, Dezenhall says: "A crisis is a mugging," he writes, and "your goal is to get out alive, not to get out with all your money and self-esteem.
Why a mugging? Because of the 21st century nature of PR disasters, fueled by what Dezenhall calls "crisis capitalists" -- people who pile on when somebody's in trouble because there's money and fame to be had. Massimo Introvigne, one of the experts interviewed by Rodari and Tornielli, has a different term for the same slice of life -- he calls them "moral entrepreneurs.
The conclusion seems obvious: From a PR point of view, it doesn't matter whether anyone is actually out to get you, because when a crisis starts rolling, market dynamics will compel people to act as if they were. The aim, therefore, isn't to persuade them not to mug you; the aim is to avoid making it easier.
Here's a potential case study along those lines that Tornielli and Rodari hint at, but don't really develop. When Benedict XVI went to Cameroon and Angola in March , coverage of the trip in the West was dominated by the pope's comments aboard the papal plane on condoms. Benedict replied that the two cornerstones of the church's approach are the humanization of sexuality, and genuine friendship with suffering people.
Along the way, he added that condoms are not the solution to AIDS but, in fact, make the problem worse. That last bit predictably became the lead in media coverage, and it set off massive protests, especially in Europe. The Spanish government announced that it would ship one million condoms to Africa as a rejoinder, and the Belgium parliament formally censured the pope.
From the point of view of the global press, the rest of Benedict's six days in Africa might as well have taken place on the dark side of the moon. Only several days into the story did three other points emerge, none with the same force as the pope's original remark:. For the record, the pope was not caught off guard by Visseyrias' question. The Vatican spokesperson, Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, collects questions from journalists several days before a trip, picks two or three that seem to be the most common, and then submits them to the pope in advance.dc-2825176aabd3.userengage.io/the-evolution-of-infinite-power.php
Let's also stipulate that Vatican officials could have, and should have, anticipated that whatever Benedict XVI said would attract wide interest, running the risk of being misrepresented or caricatured. First, the primary aim of Benedict's six-day trip was to throw a spotlight on Africa, especially the dynamism of the Catholic church on the continent. For now, however, I want the focus to be on good news from Africa. Second, when Benedict did talk about condoms, the Vatican could have arranged for him to be flanked by other African religious leaders -- Catholic and Anglican bishops, Pentecostal preachers, Muslim imams, and leaders of traditional tribal faiths, all of whom would have echoed his argument.
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They were not hard to find; on the second day of the trip I interviewed the grand imam of the national mosque in Yaounde, the Cameroon capital, who told me his only regret about the pope's comment is that he hadn't waited so they could say it together. Third, the Vatican could have arranged to have secular African AIDS experts such as Balla on hand, with no ties to the Catholic church, who could have offered their expertise in support of the pope's argument.
Fourth, Lombardi and his aides could have assembled a packet of empirical studies demonstrating the limits of anti-AIDS efforts based on condoms, featuring the Green study from Harvard. That packet could have been distributed shortly before the pope's speech, so that it figured in the first cycle of stories and TV commentary. None of this would have completely prevented protests about the pope's remarks, especially given that there's a legitimate debate to be had about the proper role of condoms in anti-AIDS efforts.
Such a strategy, however, would at least have made it more difficult to portray Benedict XVI as isolated, out of touch, and uncaring, which was the storyline that dominated the African journey. Allen Jr. His e-mail address is jallen ncronline. Go to this page and follow directions: E-mail alert sign-up.
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