Thursday, January 19, 2006

Back and Better Than Ever

It's been out there already, but Richard Owen of The Times reminds the masses that our old friend is still in the thick of things, battling over the encyclical's translation:
There had been “unheard-of tension” over the [encyclical] 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.
Yup, Ingrid's still there -- not news, except for the obtuse.... Funny that Owen's background on Stampa echoes another piece:

Sister Ingrid, 55, is regarded as the Pope’s confidante rather than merely head of his household. A member of the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary, she shares his interests in music and literature and has been his “right-hand woman” for 15 years.
For the millionth time, she's not "Sister Ingrid," but I'll still take it.