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Francis: Cardinal Lehmann “Shaped the Life Of [Dying] German Church”

Cardinal Karl Lehmann of Mainz who died March 11, “helped shape the life of the Church”, Pope Francis wrote in a telegram. According to him, Lehmann’s “heart was always open to the questions and challenges of the times”.

Lehmann took over Mainz Diocese in 1983 when it had almost one million Catholics and 560 diocesan priests. He left it in 2016 with 740'000 Catholics and 396 priests.

Lehmann was a friend of the rich and powerful of this world like Jean-Claude Juncker, Angela Merkel and many others. They honoured him with at least 31 awards, among them the Martin-Luther-Medal which he truly deserved.

The fact that the two known heretics Lehmann and Walter Kasper were made cardinals in February 2001 casts a lasting dark shadow over John Paul II's legacy.

Picture: Karl Lehmann, © Raimond Spekking, CC BY-SA, #newsTbhdmtsdqz

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It is a standard procedure to send a papal condolence-gram on the death of every cardinal. The form is normally nearly identical. But Francis’ sendoff to longtime German bench-chief Card Karl Lehmann is remarkably effusive.
Dr Bobus
Will members of the German Olympic Weightlifting team be needed to carry his coffin?
Does the fact that Jesus made Judas Iskarioth one of his disciples casts a lasting dark shadow over his legacy? Maybe it was necessary to reveal the "mysterium iniquitatis"...