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Thursday, November 16, 2006

An unfounded and unsubstantiatable rumour

It is put forward in some quarters that the imbroglio over our Holy Father's address to the Swiss bishops has a different explanation to that given by the Vatican Press office, namely that the Swiss Bishops got to know of the contents of the address beforehand, and said they would walk out on the Holy Father were it to be delivered. A rapid rethink at GHQ led to the Holy Father giving an extemporaneous speech, and the thinly credible explanation from the Press Office that they themselves had goofed up.

It is further noted that our Holy Father specially mentioned (Mit diesen Gedanken begrüße ich die Pilger und Besucher deutscher Sprache, ganz besonders die Wallfahrer aus dem Fürstentum Liechtenstein mit Erzbischof Wolfgang Haas) only Archbishop Haas at the following General Audience, who alone amongst the Swiss Bishops' Conference is in a Hermeneutic of Continuity with the Apostolic See, now gloriously reigning. Perhaps the others had gone home.


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