Sunday, September 4, 2016

The Pope Likes Hermann Hesse

Kretschmann described the pope as a "thoroughly impressive personality." Francis had a "watchful eye" and a "watchful heart".

Rome (kath.net/ KNA) Pope Francis appreciates German literature: Hermann Hesse's story "Beneath the Wheel" has been read several times by the head of the Catholic Church, according to Baden-Württemberg's Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann. Francis had met the Green politician and avowed Catholic Francis on Friday at a private audience and brought him a copy of this book. After the meeting, reported Kretschmann, Francis received the gift by saying, "I've already read this three times".

The Pope and Kretschmann had at the 30-minute conversation for which an interpreter was also present, discussing in particular the environment and the refugee problem.

The Catholic Church itself "could happily praise to have such an alert, attentive Pope who follows everything that happens in the contemporary world so closely, "Kretschmann praised Francis after the encounter. He described the pope as a "thoroughly impressive personality." Francis had a "watchful eye" and a "watchful heart". Link... Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com AMDG

12 comments:

Geremia said...

The traditionalist priest Fr. Hesse? Wasn't his first name Hermann, too? Or is this Hermann Hesse someone else?

Colin said...

I think you may mean Fr Gregory Hesse

Anonymous said...

The most desperate novel by Hermann Hesse, very sad.....is this all about the watchful brain? Oh dear.....

Anonymous said...

As Colin mentioned, +Fr. Gregory Hesse was a traditional Catholic priest. Hermann Hesse is a totally different person.


Anonymous said...

"Beneath the Wheel" is the title of a song by D.R.I.
I wonder if they used title as a reference to Hesse?

Jim Donovan said...

Figures... Hesse's frequently feature a "spirituality of encounter", albeit (or also) a gnostic one.

Barnum said...

Sad, if true, that "Beneath the Wheel" is one of Bergoglio's favorite novels. My reading of Hesse is one of a totally self-absorbed, escapist adolescent who tries disavows blame for the failures of his life. It would have been much more respectable had he said that "Siddharta", resonated with him.

Thinking on it, you had the alienation books and novels-- Colin Wilson, "East of Eden," "Rebel Without A Cause," and others, similar in Spanish, in the 50s, the formative years of Jorge Bergoglio-- but one'd thought that he'd have grown past that.

Andrew said...

Some people have an appetite for garbage. They need to be better guardians of their eyes. You can't have a steady diet of crap without developing a craving for more crap. That explains why Francis is so full of it.

Oakes Spalding said...

Francis has "read" everything two or three times - Beneath the Wheel, Lord of the World, that 800 page biography of Lefebvre and so on. I think he's a bit of a fibber on the issue.

The Bear said...

Me too. When I was a sophomore in high school.

Unknown said...

Read it in high school. Maybe he should start invoking Jesus, Allah and Buddha at his freemasonic novus ordo get togethers.

Seattle kim

Jonah said...

A homoerotic fantasy. Quote:

“Hermann Heilner slowly extended his arm, took Hans by the shoulder and drew him to him until their faces almost touched. Then Hans was startled to feel the other’s lips touch his.”

A review here:

http://blogcritics.org/book-review-beneath-the-wheel-by/