Thursday, January 19, 2006

Encyclical Intrigue

The Times Online (UK) states that the Encyclical has been delayed and delayed again by problems with translation. Hmmmm.

The reporter claims:

There had been “unheard of tension” over the wording between the German section of the Secretariat of State, or Vatican Prime Minister’s office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Pope’s German entourage, headed by Sister Ingrid Stampa, his housekeeper, and Father Georg Gaenswein, his secretary.

Even more interesting is speculation that the document is an attempt to fuse an unfinished work by John Paul II and writings of Pope Benedict XVI. How difficult must that be?

Vatican sources said that tensions had been exacerbated because the Pope had written the first part of the encyclical in German during his summer break and the second part was an adaptation of a document left behind in Polish by the late John Paul II. It had been passed to Vatican specialists for further revision but remained unfinished at the time of John Paul’s death ten months ago. The two parts had had to be “harmonised”.

According to the article those so-called "leaks" Vatican officials said the parts that have appeared in the news are inaccurate or speculative.

Pope Benedict will visit the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls, the traditional venue for ecumenical celebrations, next Wednesday.

"Outside the walls", how very, very significant.

I don't know about you but this lead up is creating more and more suspense. It will be interesting to see exactly what is said and how. Here's the complete article.

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