(Rome) Last year, the Vatican bureaucrats started hunting for InfoVaticana, the largest independent Catholic news platform in the Spanish-speaking world. Allegedly because it leads with the Vatican in its name. With a letter from Pope Francis to the multi-lingual news platform Vatican Insider, the Vatican provided proof that it was only an excuse.
The Vatican Secretariat of State sent a warning to the operators of InfoVaticana, the Spanish professional journalists, last year.
The news site, according to the accusation, operates by naming itself
"Vatican" in the name of unfair competition through misleading
advertising. The Vatican is serious. The State Secretariat appointed Baker & McKenzie, one of the top 10 global law firms, to take legal action against InfoVaticana. Cannons were used to shoot sparrows, said Gabriel Ariza and Fernando Beltrán, founders and operators of InfoVaticana .
They see the real reason for the unusual Vatican approach in their basic attitude and the pope-critical reporting.
The independent platform has in the past published critical accounts of
certain acts and statements of the ruling Pope, as well as of Spanish
bishops, including the Archbishop of Madrid appointed by Pope Francis.
Vatican City (kath.net/KAP) From the perspective of former Pope Benedict XVI. faith in God is the best foundation for the concept of human rights. At the same time, however, he also qualifies these so that man can not and should not reverse them. These are the essential statements of a previously unpublished text by Benedict XVI, which will appear recently in a new book with selected contributions and speeches of the emeritus Pope on the subject of faith and politics. [And a forward by Pope Francis.]
The essay "The Multiplication of Rights and the Destruction of the Legal Concept" was a response Benedict XVI. (2005-2013) penned in autumn 2014 to a book written by the Italian philosopher and politician Marcello Pera.
In his book "Church, Human Rights and the Abandonment of God" is
about what happens when "the concept of human rights is replaced by the
concept of God," wrote Benedict XVI.
He summarizes his analysis of Pera as follows: "The multiplication of
rights ... ends in a nihilistic 'right' of man to deny himself,"
Abortion, suicide and the "production of a human being as a thing"
would then be regarded as human rights "which deny him at the same
Joseph Ratzinger / Benedict XVI. had already contributed to Pera's books in 2005 and 2009. The now published statement is in the form of a letter to the philosopher and longtime Forza Italia politician. In it, the emeritus Pope initially dealt with the topic of human rights in papal teachings. After their condemnation in the 19th century, the encyclical "Pacem in Terris" by John XXIII. (1958-1963) took a turn.
However, the topic of human rights has become especially important in the thinking of John Paul II (1978-2005).
In their obedience to God, the Pope from Poland saw the first Christians' resistance to the claims of absolute power of
the Roman Emperor, an early Christian justification of the 1948 Universal Declaration of
Human Rights. These in turn were for him, a suitable instrument in the fight against the ideologies of National Socialism and Communism.
The new volume "Freeing Freedom - Faith and Politics in the Third
Millennium" [In English, "Faith and Politics" by Ignatius Press] with political texts and speeches by the theologian Joseph
Ratzinger and later Pope Benedict XVI. will be released worldwide next Monday (5/14.). In Italy he has been trading since Thursday. The German version is published by Verlag Herder. The foreword was written by Pope Francis.