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Sunday, October 9th, 2005, 06:38 PM
German who denounced Nazis beatified

Cardinal spoke out against atrocities during World War II

VATICAN CITY - Cardinal Clemens August von Galen, a wartime German prelate who denounced Nazi atrocities from the pulpit, was elevated to the ranks of the “blessed of the Church” at a ceremony on Sunday. A tall and imposing aristocrat, Galen was known as the Lion of Muenster for his fierce attacks on Adolf Hitler’s policies, especially the euthanasia drive that killed almost 100,000 mentally and physically disabled Germans.
“The Lord gave us a courageous hero to defend the rights of God, the Church and mankind which the national socialist regime violated in a systematic, grave fashion in the name of a neopagan, aberrant ideology,” Pope Benedict told the congregation.

Galen was made a cardinal in February 1946, less than a year after the end of World War II, in recognition of his courage. He died a month later aged 68 after doctors failed to diagnose appendicitis.
His beatification process started in 1956 and was concluded by John Paul in 2004 after he was credited with interceding with God to perform a miracle cure for a sick student in 1995.
Beatification places a Catholic halfway up the ladder to full sainthood. To become a saint you need a subsequent, second miracle to your name.

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Sunday, October 9th, 2005, 08:01 PM
Tee hee. Someone pointed out that I spelled the title wrong....Beautified instead of Beatified. I added a "u." :D I can't change it. :~(

Sunday, October 9th, 2005, 08:04 PM
Funny that I managed to do it, though being a forum deity of a minor rank than you. :P

Sunday, October 9th, 2005, 08:09 PM
Funny that I managed to do it, though being a forum deity of a minor rank than you. :P

I am hardly a deity. ;) I need to figure out your secret. Besides-- you may have changed the main title, but you didn't change it at the top of your post in the title. :D

Sunday, October 9th, 2005, 08:11 PM
I think your "beautified" sounds beautifully. And attracts more attention - like mine.

I`d just like to say that it`s certainly healthy for any system to have a critical opposition. NS state had practically no opposition (up to a point) and it didn`t end well.

On the euthanasia project, Galen reacted more like a German moralist than like a servant of Vatican. Opinions about this project are divided, because it is so difficult to draw a line between normality - and life, and abnormity - and death. As a doctor, which I am, I wouldn`t dare to draw the line, I`m afraid.....