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    » 02/21/2013, 00.00

    INDONESIA - VATICAN

    Conclave, Cardinal Darmaatmadja renounces for "health reasons"

    Mathias Hariyadi

    The 78 year-old Archbishop Emeritus of Jakarta will not be present due to serious problems with his “eyesight”. He confirms to AsiaNews the "progressive deterioration" of his vision and his needing assistance to read texts and documents. The cardinal close in spirit and in prayer to Pope Benedict XVI, whose decision he understands "perfectly".

    Jakarta (AsiaNews) - There will be 116 and not 117 cardinal electors, as first expected from the official list of those who will choose the future Pope, after Benedict XVI steps down at 8 pm on 28 February next. The 78 year-old Indonesian Cardinal Julius Riyadi Darmaatmadja, Archbishop Emeritus of Jakarta, has told AsiaNews that he will not be present - by "free and personal" choice - because of severe health problems. Speaking over the phone from the Jesuit Emmaus House, a retirement home for elderly priests and prelates in Ungaran city, central Java, the prelate emphasizes the "progressive deterioration" of his condition, since he left the archdiocese in the capital two years ago, on having reached retirement age.

    "It s mostly my eyesight," he says quietly, but firmly, pointing out that the problem would impose a "serious obstacle" to work within the Conclave, where assistants are not allowed during the election. The inability to read texts and documents is also an obstacle too such a great task which requires serenity and autonomy.

    "I am convinced - Cardinal Darmaatmadja tells AsiaNews - that I am no longer suitable and proper to sit with other cardinals to vote for the new pope. So I have decided not to go to Rome for that kind of important event in the history of the church." He also adds that he "fully understands" Pope Benedict XVI's decision to resign for health reasons. "I experienced this first hand - he says- when I was Archbishop of Jakarta and I decided to resign when I reached 75." Because to be bishop of a metropolitan city one must "be in good physical health."

    In conclusion, the cardinal confesses his "deep sorrow" in not being able to go to Rome and attend the conclave, but believes it to be the right decision so as not to "break protocol" and hamper the work of the Cardinals.

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    CHINA - VATICAN
    Vatican silence over Shanghai’s Mgr Ma Daqin causing confusion and controversy

    Bernardo Cervellera

    For some, Mgr Ma’s blog post praising the Patriotic Association and acknowledging his mistakes is nothing but “dirt”. For others, he chose humiliation for the “sake of his diocese”. Many wonder why the Holy See has remained silent about the article’s content and the bishop’s persecution. Some suspect the Vatican views the episode in positive terms. Yet, the Ma Daqin affair raises a major question. Has Benedict XVI’s Letter to Chinese Catholics (which describes the Patriotic Association as “incompatible with Catholic doctrine”) been abolished? If it has, who did it? A journey of compromises without truth is full of risks.


    CHINA – VATICAN
    Mgr Ma Daqin: the text of his “confession”

    Mons. Taddeo Ma Daqin

    Four years after quitting the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, the bishop of Shanghai “admits” his faults on his blog, praising the organisation that controls the Church. We publish his article, almost in its entirety. Translation by AsiaNews.


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