Posted by: rbbadger | March 30, 2009


Here is some very intresting footage I found while looking around the internet.  This shows the episcopal ordination of Father Joseph Ratzinger as Archbishop of Munich-Freising.  According to his memoirs, being a bishop was the absolute last thing he ever expected to be.  He had settled down in Regensburg not long before and was enjoying a flourishing academic career at the university.  His brother, Father George Ratzinger, had become the director of the Regensburger Domspatzen, a famous boys’ choir attached to the Regensburg Cathedral.  His sister had also moved to Regensburg as well.  However, this tranquil part of his life was not to last for long.

Out of the blue in 1977, he received notification that Pope Paul VI had chosen him to be the next Archbishop of Munich-Freising to succeed the late Julius Cardinal Döpfner who had died just the year before.  He was ordained a bishop by Bishop Josef Stangl, the Bishop of Würzburg with Bishop Rudolf Graber of Regensburg and Bishop Ernst Tewes, C.O., Auxiliary Bishop of Munich-Freising serving as co-consecrators. 

This footage shows a little of his episcopal ordination, his first sermon as a bishop, and doing one of the things that bishops do most often, namely conferring the sacrament of confirmation.  Less than a month later, Pope Paul VI named him a Cardinal and he took part in the conclaves which chose Popes John Paul I, John Paul II, and himself as Benedict XVI. 

It’s all in German, but I think you’ll get the idea.



  1. That is interesting. I still think he was a great choice, and I’m glad he’s the one they chose. What a good guy.

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