Monday, 31 January 2011

Archbishop Vincent Nichols visits Monument to White Rose Movement

Monument to the members of
the Whilte Rose Movement 

His Excellency, Monsignor Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster has this weekend attended the CCEE European Congress on University Pastoral Care, presiding over the CCEE Committee Catechesis-School-University, which took place in Munich. 

During the weekend, delegates watched the film Sophie Scholl - the Final Days.  They also visited the Monument to the members of the White Rose Movement.   

Hans Scholl, Sophie Scholl & Christoph Probst
were executed by guillotine on 22nd February 1943

Fr Dermot Fenlon, who has an interest in Sophie Scholl and the White Rose Movement, has spoken of the link between the movement and Cardinal John Henry Newman.  In a speech given at the international symposium on Newman in Milan, March 2009, Fr Fenlon explained that Sophie, a Lutheran, was introduced to the works of Newman by a scholar called Theodor Haecker, who had written to the Birmingham Oratory in 1920 asking for copies of Newman's work, which he wanted to translate into German.

Monument in front of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, where
Hans Scholl, Sophie Scholl and Christophe Probst distributed resistence leaflets.