“A Polish psychiatrist who was at the side of John Paul II in agony”

From Stefano Lorenzito

Journalist Bendicte Lutaud, from Le Figaro As author of First Interview with the Pope: Popes’ Wives, Nurses, and Friends Are Invisible in the Vatican

chrish is the woman! It is by chance that French journalists always cross paths in the lives of popes. This has been happening since the days of Leo XIII, the first in history to get an interview. Published August 4, 1892 Le Figaro
Signed by Séverine, pseudonym of Caroline Rmy: On July 31, a Sunday, she chatted with him for 70 minutes. In this case, it works in figaro Also Bendicte Lutaud, recently in bookshops with wives of the popes
(Guerini and Associates), a 280-page essay that reconstructs the stories of five prominent women who have played important roles in the Vatican over the past ninety years. Like Pascalina Lehnert, the German nun has been called the pope, secretary, governess and nurse of Pius XII: in one of twenty photographs taken secretly by the archives of Pope Riccardo Galeazzi Lizzi, then sold to Paris MatchWe see her, the German nun who was Eugenio Basile’s assistant from 1917 and accompanied him until his death, seated majestically at the bedside of the dying patient, while she puts in his mouth an oxygen cylinder cannula. Daughter of Christian Louthoud, a former agnostic literature professor at the Sorbonne, the 33-year-old journalist was educated in Catholicism by her mother, Elizabeth, a speech therapist. He is moving away from the Church while obtaining a master’s degree in journalism at Sciences Po. He approached me in 2014. There was a void of meaning in my life. I tried to fill it with yoga, but awkwardly escaped class when they imposed a religious chant that mixed Buddha, Indian deities and Jesus. He has a son born last year. He was baptized by Timothy who honors God, as was converted by Saint Paul, the martyr of Ephesus.

Strange, his investigation of the wives of the popes starts from a tomb.

S, from the Vatican Teutonic Cemetery. There is a modest stele there, with an inscription in red letters: “Leben ist Liebe”, love of life. Briefly, name, Hermine Speier, dates of birth and death, 1898 and 1989, and one more word in German: “Archologin”.


She was a woman, she was a foreigner, she was Jewish, not Catholic. However, he was the first employee to be appointed to the Vatican. The honor of her burial there, although she died in Montreux, Switzerland, has rare precedents. When Rosa, Maria and Anna Sarto, the three single sisters who live with Pius X, wished to meet at the Teutonic cemetery to be closer to the Vatican caves where he would be buried, he replied in patois: “Meju chi avec ta mer. ” In fact, they are buried in Rize next to their mother. Nilo Vian, the son of a close collaborator of the Pope of Venice, recounts this in the book Tribute to an old priest.

What sets Speer’s story apart?

He worked at the German Archaeological Institute in Rome. When Adolf Hitler came to power, his fate was determined. Its boss, Ludwig Curtius, enlisted the help of his friend Bartolomeo Nogara, director of the Vatican Museums. Who spoke of her with Pius XI, who protected her from that moment on. So did Caliph Pius XII.

The archaeologist knew how to pay.

and how. He organized the photographic archives of the Apostolic Library. In the cellars was found the head of one of the twelve horses that adorned the vaults of the Parthenon in Athens, lost for centuries.

How did Sister Pascalina Lehnert obtain the title of Pope?

Eugenio Bachele, the ambassador in Munich, met her in 1917, when she was 23 years old. She was arrogant and beautiful. I was impressed. The following year, he recruited her as a governess. She immediately showed she knew how to do this, defending the future Pope against two Spartan Bolsheviks who had stormed the Pope and were in their hands. In 1920, Bachele lost his mother, with whom he was closely linked. He was detained in Germany and was unable to attend the funeral. I was depressed. It was nurse Pascalina who took him out.

A mother more than a sister.

Promoted to ambassador in Berlin, he brings it with S. In military style, she hires an assistant, a butler, a waiter, a cook, a driver and two sisters dedicated to household chores. Even the dean issued an ultimatum: “Mr. Monsignor, it’s you or us! “. Bachele chose her. He appointed her Vatican Secretary of State and took her with him to Italy.

She became the first and only woman in the underground church.

1939, from which Bachelli emerged as Pius XII. she hasof all
It wasn’t worth it: he had to give the medicine to the Cardinal Secretary of State.

Caroline Pegozzi, Vatican at Paris Match, postulates in a recent article that there is something between the two.

I do not believe it. Just as I don’t believe in the story of the “intimate relationship” between the Archbishop of Paris, Michel Aupetit, and Letitia Calmin. They are talkative. It is a respected Belgian theologian, a consecrated virgin. His life was not hidden from anyone.

So why did Aupetit resign?

The policy has something to do with it, not the skirt. He has made many enemies on multiple issues, much to the chagrin of left and right with his brutal ways, certainly no more ruthless than what Pope Francis sometimes makes clear. Many were jealous of Calmin’s influence over the bishop as his trusted advisor.

Remember the relationship between Karol Wojtya and the Polish psychiatrist Wanda Płtawska.

Of the five women she investigated, she is now a hundred years old and the most interesting. A story of friendship that has lasted for more than 50 years, this is their story. He was in John Paul II’s room in the Gemelli infirmary after the 1981 attack. He was by his side in the Vatican checking all medications and prescribing natural remedies during his 143-day convalescence, which caused the scandal of angry cardinals as a stranger walked around in slippers in the Apostolic Palace. Indeed, he was at his bedside when the Pope died, but his name is omitted from the Holy See’s manifesto. Nothing new: the same fate is reserved for Sister Pascalina Linert and Sister Vincenza Taffarel, nanny and nurse Jean-Paul I. In works on the death of Pope Luciani, only the secretary Don Diego Lorenzi and other male figures are mentioned.

Wojtyła was Petuska’s confessor.

He was the first to understand the drama of this Polish resistance woman, then aged 19, deported to Ravensbrück. For five years, Nazi doctors used her as a guinea pig in pseudo-scientific experiments, eventually causing permanent damage to her leg. Her choice to devote herself to psychiatry and the defense of life stems from the horrors experienced in the concentration camp, which have tormented her ever since: children just born at the hands of prisoners thrown alive into crematoria. On November 22, 1962, Płtawska was ready to undergo bowel surgery to remove the cancer. From evening to morning, the tumor miraculously disappeared. Her friend Carol wrote to Padre Pio, begging him to save this young mother of four children.

The last three popes, although foreign, focused on Italian women.

The most powerful was Mother Tekla famiglite, an Irpinia who was abbot of the Sisters of Brigiddin for 37 years. The best ally of John Paul II in the diplomatic field. He stole Fidel Castro’s permission to open a monastery in Havana and enabled the Polish Pope’s historic visit to Cuba in 1988. Instead, Benedict XVI entrusted the task of founding and directing Women of the Universal Church, monthly supplement fromRoman observer, Lucita Scaravia.

says the Vatican feminist.

Francesco also likes her so much that she wrote the introduction to one of her books and called her on her cell phone.

Looks like something broke between them.

Prima Scaravia published the article of the last counter, where she recounted her lunar experience when a woman was summoned to the Synod around the family and isolated at the back of the room. Even the Argentine pope defended it. But then the Vatican rose up on its terrible, well-documented accusations of clergy abuse against clerics, often forced to have abortions, and against nuns who were converted into unpaid servants to cardinals and bishops.

Does the Holy Father have the Vatican?

No, the leadership of the Roman curia.

Now he criticizes Scaravia with Bergoglio.

I met her. Very disappointed, I would say indignant. But continue to love the Pope and the Church. Our stories are so similar that a 68-year-old former feminist, communist, atheist and Buddhist apprentice came back to faith when she accidentally entered Santa Maria in Trastevere during a party for the return of the restored icon of the Madonna and listening to the singing singing.akatistos Byzantine. I am at Saint-Nicolas-des-Champs, in Paris, on Ash Wednesday, listening to Paul’s words to the Corinthians: “Now is the time, now is the day of salvation. I understood that it was not only about the words of a book: God spoke to me.

Does it reach the female priesthood?

I do not think so. Two thousand years of perverted theology has made the church misogynistic.

How do you explain the legend of Pope Joan, which flourished in the 9th century?

Specifically with great pain to see a woman ascend the throne of Peter pretending to be a man and give birth in public during a procession from the Vatican to the Lateran. Hence the particular ritual of the deacon responsible for confirming the presence of the testicles to the newly elected pope through a commode: “Duos habet et bene pendentes”. The priests took their places on the pedestal. Instead, they remain sinners, like everyone else. They see woman as the Eve of temptation, not as Mary Magdalene, the first witness to Christ’s resurrection.

January 14, 2022 (change on January 14, 2022 | 22:59)


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