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Papa Benedict al XVI-lea promite sa ia mai mult in seama internetul


Papa Benedict al XVI-lea promite

sa ia mai mult in seama internetul

Intr-o scrisoare in care isi cerea iertare pentru felul cum Vaticanul a abordat problema episcopului ce nega Holocaustul, Papa Benedict al XVI-lea a promis ca o sa fie mai atent la ce se scrie pe internet.

El a scris episcopilor sai catolici din toata lumea, discutand despre decizia ridicarii excomunicarii episcopului englez Richard Williamson.

Pontiful a primit numeroase critici la adresa sa in legatura cu aceasta problema, care au venit mai ales dupa ce episcopul Williamson a negat, intr-un interviu acordat unei televiziuni sudeze, ca la Auschwitz ar fi fost camere de gazare, acest lucru fiind mediatizat excesiv pe internet. Vaticanul a pretins ca in acel moment nu avea la cunostinta comentariile episcopului.

In scrisoarea ce a fost data publicitatii joi, Papa a spus ca ‘a invatat lectia’ si o sa foloseasca mai mult internetul. Biserica „isi va largi mai mult ochii asupra acestei surse de informatii” – a mentionat pontiful.

Papa a mai zis ca problema a dezlantuit o furtuna vehementa de critici, care l-a ranit profund, in mod special fiindca acestea au venit, in marea lor majoritate, de la catolici.

Este extrem de rar in istoria Bisericii ca un Papa sa-si justifice faptele sale episcopilor sai dupa ce acestea s-au intamplat si sa admita ca au mers prost.

Episcopul Williamson, membru al grupului ultraconservator catolic Societatea Sf. Pius al X-lea,  a plecat inapoi in Anglia dupa ce fusese izgonit din Argentina luna trecuta.

El a fost seful unui seminar de langa Buenos Aires timp de sase ani, dar guvernul l-a indemnat sa-si paraseasca functia, pentru ca a ofensat „societatea argentiniana, evreii si umanitatea in general”, refuzand sa accepte ca sase milioane de evrei au murit in Holocaust.

Papa a spus ca nu a putut sa anticipeze ca problema Williamson va umbri intentiile sale de a  readuce unitatea Bisericii, prin ridicarea excomunicarii, care se impunea, dupa ce el si alti trei membrii ai Societatii Sf. Pius al X-lea fusesrea consacrati episcopi fara consimtamantul papal in 1988.

Papa a mai afirmat ca Vaticanul nu a explicat suficient ce avea de gand sa faca. La momentul respectiv, mai multi oficiali de rang inalt din Vatican s-au plans in mod public de faptul ca Papa i-a tinut ‘legati’ deoparte.

trad. dan.camen.


Pope pledges to take more notice of the internet

The Telegraph | Thursday 12 March 2009

The Pope has promised to pay more attention to the internet, in a letter apologising for the Vatican’s handling of a Holocaust-denying bishop.

Pope Benedict XVI has written to Roman Catholic bishops across the world discussing his decision to lift the excommunication of British-born Bishop Richard Williamson.

The pontiff received widespread criticism for the move, which came after Bishop Williamson denied there were gas chambers at Auschwitz in an interview on Swedish television that attracted attention across the web. The Vatican claimed at the time that it was not aware of his commentsIn the letter to be released on Thursday, the Pope pledged to „draw the lesson” of the affair and make better use of the internet. The church will „pay more attention to this source of information,” he said.

The Pope added that the affair unleashed a storm of „vehemence” and hurt him deeply, particularly because much of the criticism came from Catholics.

It is extremely rare in Church history for a pope to have to explain his actions to his bishops after the fact and to acknowledge that things went wrong.

Bishop Williamson, a member of the ultraconservative breakaway Catholic group the Society of St Pius X, flew back to Britain after being was expelled from Argentina last month.

He had served as head of a seminary near Buenos Aires for the last six years but the government instructed him to leave for offending „Argentine society, the Jewish people and humanity in general” by refusing to accept that six million Jews died in the Holocaust.

The Pope said he could not have foreseen that the Williamson affair would overshadow his intention of bringing unity back to the Church by lifting the excommunication, which was imposed after he and three others from the Society of St Pius X were consecrated as bishops without papal consent in 1988.

He also said that the Vatican did not sufficiently explain what it was trying to do. At the time, several senior Vatican officials complained publicly that he had kept them out of the loop.




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Cleric whose Katrina comment caused stir promoted


Cleric whose Katrina comment caused stir promoted

VATICAN CITY (AP) – An Austrian pastor who has been quoted as calling Hurricane Katrina God’s punishment for sin in New Orleans is being promoted to the rank of bishop.

The Vatican announced Saturday that Pope Benedict XVI has tapped the Rev. Gerhard Wagner, 54, to be auxiliary bishop in Linz, Austria. It made no mention of the reported remarks about Hurricane Katrina.

Wagner has served since 1988 as pastor of a church in the Austrian town of Windischgarsten and received a doctorate in theology from the prestigious Gregorian Pontifical University in Rome, the Vatican said.

In 2005, Wagner was quoted in a parish newsletter as saying that he was convinced that the death and destruction of Hurricane Katrina earlier that year was „divine retribution” for New Orleans’ tolerance of homosexuals and laid-back sexual attitudes.

Kath.Net, a Catholic news agency in Austria, released in 2005 excerpts of what it said were comments Wagner made in a parish newsletter in Linz about Katrina.

It said the newsletter quoted Wagner as saying that Katrina destroyed not only nightclubs and brothels in New Orleans, but also abortion clinics.

„The conditions of immorality in this city are indescribable,” Wagner was quoted as saying

An interview with Rev. Gerhard Maria Wagner HERE





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Sacred texts: Vatican embraces iTunes prayer book


Sacred texts: Vatican embraces iTunes prayer book

Dec. 22. 2008

VATICAN CITY (AP) – The Vatican is endorsing new technology that brings the book of daily prayers used by priests straight onto iPhones.

The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Social Communications is embracing the iBreviary, an iTunes application created by a technologically savvy Italian priest, the Rev. Paolo Padrini, and an Italian Web designer.

The application includes the Breviary prayer book – in Italian, English, Spanish, French and Latin and, in the near future, Portuguese and German. Another section includes the prayers of the daily Mass, and a third contains various other prayers.

After a free trial period in which the iBreviary was downloaded approximately 10,000 times in Italy, an official version was released earlier this month, Padrini said.

The application costs euro0.79 ($1.10), while upgrades will be free. Padrini’s proceeds are going to charity.

Monsignor Paul Tighe, secretary of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Social Communications, praised the new application Monday, saying the Church „is learning to use the new technologies primarily as a tool or as a mean of evangelizing, as a way of being able to share its own message with the world.”

Pope Benedict XVI, a classical music lover who was reportedly given an iPod in 2006, has sought to reach out to young people through new media. During last summer’s World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia, he sent out mobile phone text messages citing scripture to thousands of registered pilgrims – signed with the tagline „BXVI.”




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