Saturday, January 28, 2012
Prelate Georg May: "The honor is an incentive to continue my service for the Church and in research even more selflessly and intensively than before."
Kathnews-Chefredakteur Benjamin Greschner im Gespräch mit Prälat Georg May. Erstellt von Benjamin Greschner am 27. Januar 2012 um 18:40 Uhr
Mainz (kathnews-exklusiv). As kathnews has already reported, the renowned Canon Lawyer Dr. Georg May has been named by Pope Benedict XVI. as Apostolic Protonotary. Today kathnews Chief Director, Benjamin Grescher spoke with the Prelate about his pastoral and academic work and his reception of an Papal title of honor. Right at the beginning of the interview, George May expressed his astonishment at the naming: "I neither petitioned, nor was I eager to receive this honor. I received it without any effort on my part," said the clergyman. For him it is clear, that he was not counting on resting after this papal recognition: "The honor is an incentive to continue my service for the Church and in research even more selflessly and intensively than before."
At the same time Professor May understands that his naming to Apostolic Pronotary is not solely an honor for himself, rather for the faithful, who have assisted with him at Holy Mass: "I take the honor as a sign of recognition for my community, as in war, a medal for bravery is a recognition for the fidelity of the support an officer has received from his men. The faithful of his community would rather see him carried, encouraged and blessed, continued the Prelate. "I would not have been able to carry out my work over the years, yes decades, without the willing sacrifices and accompanyment of the faithful," stressed the most worthy May.
Actually, how does the naming to Apostolic Protonotary change the priestly life and work of the Theologian? For Prelate May there was no question: "It is without question that I will make no use of the title, and remain as before a priest -- that is my dearest occupation -- and naturally professor, which means to be a witness to Christian and Catholic truth!"
After the Second World War Georg May studied Theology and Philosophy. On the 1st of May 1951 he received the Sacrament of Holy Orders for the Archdiocese of Breslau [Wrocław]. Other studies followed in which the priest graduated and was certified as a PhD. His teaching activity began at the University of Freiburg, ere he took the chair for Canon Law at the University of Johannes Guttenburg in 1960, he undertook civil law and Ecclesiastical Legal History. Since 1994, Professor May occupied this chair. Click here to look at the letter by his Lordship.
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Bishop of Regensburg Congratulates with Personal Letter
Edit: after his scathing attack on Cardinal Kasper, and being passed over for a Cardinal's hat, he is to be a Apostolic Protonotary. Whether it is a functional or purely honorific title, we don't know. The following is an exclusive about the brilliant Prelate receiving a letter from the Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, rather than his own superior in the ultra Liberal Diocese of Mainz by Mr. Benjamin Greschner at 'kathnews.'
Mainz (kathnews-exklusiv) Already in December kathnews made an exclusive report that the naming of Dr. Georg May as Apostolic Protonotary would take place in the near future. The naming should, as kathnews learned from a reliable source, on the recommendation of Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller of Regensburg and not, as it consequently would be, on the recommendation of the Diocesan Bishop, in whose Diocese the candidate is incardinated, respectively is active -- in this case it SHOULD [emphasis ours] have been Cardinal Karl Lehmann as Bishop of Mainz. Now the kathnews-editor has received an exclusive letter from the Bishop of Regensburg, with which it congratulates Professor May officially on his naming as Apostolic Protonotary and the approach of the Papal letter of appointment.
Promoting the unabridged Catholic Faith
In his writings to Professor Dr. May, Bishop Dr. Gerhard Ludwig Müller explained that it was a "honor and a joy" for him to inform him about the coming Papal certificate of appointment. Finally, the Bishop went into the engagement and life work of the Professor. "For this high distinction, with which the Church values your decades long academic and pastoral efforts, your outstanding sentire cum ecclesia and bringing to expression your conscientious pronouncement of the unabridged Catholic Faith, I warmly congratulate you," wrote Bishop Gerhad Ludwig Müller.
Strengthening of Tradition in Germany
The naming of Professor May as Apostolic Protonotary is combined with a tremendous signal victory for ecclesiastical Tradition in Germany. May has been highly prized for many yeas as an incisive critic of the post-Conciliar development in Theology and Liturgy and is counted among the greatest friends and promoters of the Liturgical Tradition in the Church. On the side of the Diocese of Mainz there has been no official statement on the naming of Georg Mays as Apostolic Protonotary.
Professor May: A Life for the Church
After the Second World War Georg May studied Theology and Philosophy. On the 1st of May 1951 he received the Sacrament of Holy Orders for the Archdiocese of Breslau [Wrocław]. Other studies followed in which the priest graduated and was certified as a PhD. His teaching activity began at the University of Freiburg, ere he took the chair for Canon Law at the University of Johannes Guttenburg in 1960, he undertook civil law and Ecclesiastical Legal History. Since 1994, Professor May occupied this chair.
Click here to look at the letter by his Lordship.
Coming soon, some personal comments in an interview with Mr. Greschner.