Benedict XVI. for the first time speaks again publicly Secluded like a monk wished Benedict XVI. live after his retirement in February 2013. But now he had the Italian Castel Gandolfo a public appearance - and it had to be. The release number 533 of the Vatican Press Office has a small sensation: a speech by Benedict XVI. For the first time since his resignation in February 2013 of emeritus pope reported so extensively on Saturday publicly word.
Chance Although earlier semi-public manifestations of him were already become public - about his last speech to the Bavarian mountain riflemen who congratulated him in April to 88th birthday. But never had officially notified even a speech by the pope emeritus in the texts of Vatican.
Benedict XVI. has broken his silence of a special occasion, which he could hardly escape: the awarding of the honorary doctorate from the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow and the Krakow Academy of Music in the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo.. Institutions so closely associated with his predecessor and friend, St. John Paul II. (1978-2005). Meanwhile, former private secretary, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow today, handed Benedict XVI. academic honors.
"Tidy, relaxed and wide awake"
He was pleased that so its connection with Poland, with Kraków, with "the home of our great saints John Paul II." has become even deeper, Benedict XVI said. in his acceptance speech. "Without him is my spiritual and theological way inconceivable," said the retired pope, who was for 23 years one of the closest collaborators of John Paul II..
So "tidy, relaxed and wide awake" he Benedict XVI. as Pope rarely seen, a participant of the ceremony reported on Saturday. Only the voice was somewhat weaker than in the past.
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The emeritus pope delivered his speech, standing, also welcomed the guests around 80 present without contact and without a cane. Come he was with a walker, accompanied by his private secretary Archbishop Georg Gänswein.
In his acceptance speech, Benedict XVI joined. two issues that have accompanied him throughout his life and pontificate long: the Second Vatican Council and the music. And he was also still personal insight into his current life. Lately Catching him more and more the idea, the emeritus pope that "music of the order, as it has emerged in the area of the Christian faith - by Palestrina, Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven and Bruckner" in no other cultural area give.
Western music as "proof of the truth of Christianity"
"This must give us pause." Western music was for him "something unique", a "proof of the truth of Christianity." Set against the backdrop of the current pontificate, from which it is, it makes the Latin American Church, this plea fell on Western music particularly.
One of the central theological concerns Benedict XVI. it was to show that the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) should not be understood as a break with tradition. He was referring in his speech now on the church music. He pointed out that some have the requirement of the Council for an active participation of the faithful in worship interpreted so radical that choral works and orchestral masses would have to be banned in concert halls in the future. By contrast, he stressed that church music should not disappear from the Liturgy. That did the Council expressly rejected.
This public talk is like the summer in Castel Gandolfo by observers as a further sign of a gradual normalization of two and a half years after the resignation of Benedict XVI. counted. In November, Benedict XVI looked. nor compelled allegations he act as an anti-pope a kind, personally rejected.
The Emeritus has his initial scruples apparently overcome, and the invitation of Francis to Castel Gandolfo, which was present in the previous year, this time accepted. And he has the strict interpretation of its announcement, "hidden from the eyes of the world" to live relaxed. Francis is likely to have his predecessor, whom he described as "wise grandfather" called, encouraged.