Former pope Benedict critical of German Catholics
By Gistflash News
July 26, 2021
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI lashed out at Germany’s Catholic Church in published comments on Monday, perhaps signalling a new fight between the church’s conservative and liberal wings.
Pope Benedict, who stepped down in 2013 and adheres closely to traditional Church philosophies, has been critical at times of the Church in his native Germany, which tends to take a more liberal line.
For example, multiple German Catholic churches are breaking with Vatican guidelines by blessing gay marriages.
That has made him a controversial figure in Germany.
It also raised fears that, in retirement, Benedict was being egged on by conservative factions in the Church to counter the more liberal positions of the current pope, Francis, even if he has not gone as far as some German churches.
“As long as only the office, but not the heart and the spirit, speak in church official texts, the exodus from the world of faith will continue,’’ Benedict wrote.
This was in the comments due to be published in the next issue of the publication Herder Korrespondenz.
Born Joseph Ratzinger, the 94-year-old said he expected a real personal testimony of faith from the spokespersons of the Church.
The former pope said the institutions of the church, from hospitals to schools or the charity Caritas, that many people holding key posts did not share the church’s inner mission of the gospel.
According to him, there was need to often obscure the testimony of this institution.
The pope emeritus argued that in the German Catholic Church, official texts were mainly written by people for whom the faith was only a routine.
“In this sense, I must admit that for a large part of official Church texts in Germany, the phrase ‘church routine’ does indeed apply.’’
Benedict also distanced himself from his choice of words in his famous “Freiburg Speech’’ when he called for the Catholic Church to become unworldly.
“History has shown that, when the Church becomes less worldly, her missionary witness shines more brightly,’’ he said during the 2011 address in Freiburg.
He said the Church should distance itself from its environment at the time, the message was taken to mean that the Church should not adapt to the modern world.
Looking back, Benedict told the Herder Korrespondenz he had not sufficiently expressed the positive aspects of his argument.
Benedict also said the Church was made up of wheat and chaff, good fish and bad fish.
So it could not be a matter of separating the good from the bad, but it could be a matter of separating the faithful from the unfaithful.
Magnitude 5.8 earthquake hits Greek island of Crete
By Gistflash News
Sept 27, 2021
A magnitude 5.8 strong quake hit Greece’s Crete island on Monday, according to the Geodynamics Institute of the National Observatory of Athens.
The tremor’s epicentre was located at a depth of 10 km, some 25 km south of the city of Heraklion, the capital of Crete island, while aftershocks up to 4.3 magnitude have followed, according to Greek scientists.
Material damage has been reported, with no injuries until now, local officials told Greek national news agency AMNA.
Earlier, the Euro Mediterranean Seismological Centre put the quake’s magnitude at 6.2, which was later revised to 6.0.
WHO investigators seeking COVID-19 origin going back to China
By Gistflash News
Sept 27, 2021
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is launching a new investigation into the origins of COVID-19, months after an earlier probe ended without drawing firm conclusions, according to a report published.
WHO was putting together a team of some 20 scientists, who will be charged with finding new evidence in China and other locales, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The group will examine whether the virus emerged from a laboratory, a theory that has been angrily rejected by China.
In December 2020, WHO investigators began visits to Wuhan, China, where the first known outbreak of the virus took place.
But their March 2021 report said they had gotten insufficient information from Chinese scientists to answer key questions about COVID-19’s origin.
In August, U.S. intelligence agencies issued a separate report saying they also could not make firm conclusions about COVID-19’s origins.
Florida Gov. appoints Nigerian-American, Joseph Ladapo Surgeon-General
By Gistflash News
Sept 25, 2021
Ron DeSantis, Florida Governor, U.S. has appointed a Nigerian-American, Dr Joseph Ladapo, as Florida Surgeon-General and Secretary of the Department of Health.
DeSantis in a statement posted on the Florida Department of Health website, stated that he was pleased to announce Ladapo for the position.
“I am pleased to announce that Ladapo will lead the Florida department of health as our state’s next surgeon-general
“Ladapo comes to us by way of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, with a superb background.”
According to him, Ladapo has had both a remarkable academic and medical career with a strong emphasis in health policy research.
The governor said: ” Ladapo will bring great leadership to the department of health, ” thanking both Dr Scott Rivkees and Dr Shamarial Roberson for their hard work on behalf of all Floridians.
Lieutenant-Governor, Jeanette Nuñez described Ladapo’s as, “an excellent choice to serve as our next surgeon general.
“Ladapo has impeccable credentials and a strong vision to effectively serve the people of Florida at the helm of our public health agency.
“Through his service to our state, we will continue Florida’s work to advance our public health goals,” Nuñez said.
Ladapo said he is honored to have been chosen by DeSantis to serve as Florida’s next surgeon-general.
“We must make health policy decisions rooted in data and not in fear.
“From California, I have observed the different approaches taken by governors across the country and I have been impressed by DeSantis’ leadership and determination,” he said.
The new surgeon-general said he was impressed by DeSantis’ leadership to ensure that Floridians were afforded all opportunities to maintain their health and wellness, while preserving their freedoms as Americans.
“It is a privilege to join his team and serve the people of Florida,” he said.
Ladapo was recently granted a professorship at the University of Florida (UF) College of Medicine.
Prior to joining UF, he served as an associate professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA),caring for hospitalised patients.
He is a graduate of Wake Forest University, who also holds an MD from Harvard Medical School and a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
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