Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Georg Back in Hospital


Reports from Germany are indicating that Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, the elder brother of the Pope, has been re-admitted to the hospital, a month after receiving a pacemaker at the Policlinico Gemelli in Rome. More heart trouble. It seems a "precautionary" measure, but still....



Blogger Jeff said...

Well, let's get busy praying for Georg. This is my nightmare scenario again; the poor, old, tired Pope may find the demise of his brother to be a blow he cannot recover from.

God bless Msgr. Georg.

7/9/05 20:47  
Blogger christianspectator said...


He's not a poor, old tired Pope......

While we all share your concern for Georg, your use of words regarding Benedict are inappropriate.

Sure, he'll be concerned and worried about his brother but he'll pray about it and find comfort that way.

8/9/05 05:30  
Blogger Jeff said...

christian spectator:

The Pope is "old" without question. He's 78, for crying out loud. Virtually any 78 year old man starting a new and grueling career with a schedule like his is bound to be tired and Ratzinger was reported to be tired even in his last months at CDF.

I have sympathy with him and so I say, "poor" fellow; he wanted to retire and write his books.

He was devastated by the death of his sister; I would expect that if his brother dies it will hit him hard.

I love him; I worry about him; I feel sorry for him; I remember his age and frailty. In the excitement of a new pontificate, many people forget to do those things. That's all.

8/9/05 06:55  
Blogger christianspectator said...


I take your point about his age, although in my opinion he looks much younger - at least by 10 years -but your referring to him as 'old, poor, and tired' makes it look as if you think 'he's all washed up'. Now, a Cardinal in the Vatican has been reported as saying that 'far from being worn out by the position of Pope (as his brother Georg predicted he might by) Joseph Ratzinger has been 'invigorated' by it! If anything, I think the strain may have affected his brother Georg more than it's affected Joseph. After all, Georg wanted his brother with him and that's probably why he wanted to retire so he could be with his brother. I hope that was the reason anyhow because I don't think the 'book' idea was correct.

9/9/05 06:24  

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