ACI Prensa Staff, Oct 19, 2023 / 18:20 pm
The Fundación Universitaria Española (FUE) in Madrid, Spain, canceled an event announced weeks ago that was going to feature Archbishop Georg Gänswein, who was the personal secretary of Pope Benedict XVI, and did not offer an alternative date.
The archbishop emeritus of Madrid, Cardinal Antonio María Rouco Varela, and the apostolic nuncio, Archbishop Bernardito Aúza, had confirmed their attendance at the event. If held, it would not have been Gänswein’s first public appearance outside Germany since his arrival in the Diocese of Freiburg, where he was transferred months after the death of Benedict XVI without a specific assignment. Gänswein also addressed a meeting of Joseph Ratzinger’s Schülerkreis — or circle of students — in Rome as well as at an event organized by Aid to the Church in Need in Austria.
The conference in Spain was organized to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the presentation in Spain of the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, then-prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the future pope.
The FUE provides “instruction, preparation, and expansion of university or higher studies in theology, letters, history, law, and philosophy to young people,” according to its website.