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Friday, 7 March 2014

Gerhard Kretschmar, ora pro nobis

I don't know exactly how one goes about asking for the intercession of the as yet uncanonized, my understanding is that as long as the cult is not given what seems to be "official status" by inclusion in liturgical celebrations, the Faithful are free to pray to whom they choose?

Otherwise, how would one have sought the intercession of a dead person, subsequently been granted a miraculous favor by God, and subsequent to that, had your (and your doctor's) word accepted and be invited to the beatification ceremony of the dead person?

I cannot but think this soul is in heaven, and while taking joy in the Beatific Vision, will be a powerful advocate for the spreading of the Gospel of Life.
the Holocaust didn’t just happen. The Nazi’s had a beta-test version called T4.  T4 was an outgrowth of public health measures for healthy babies taken to a macabre logical end: if its healthy babies that are desired, then let’s kill the unhealthy babies. And, that’s precisely what the Nazi’s did. The methods used to kill these innocents would then be instituted on a mass scale in the genocidal campaign against the Jews. As the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum describes it:

The “euthanasia” program represented in many ways a rehearsal for Nazi Germany’s subsequent genocidal policies.
German researchers, in 2003, identified the first child victim of T4. His name was Gerhard Kretschmar. The boy’s father had written to Hitler asking that the parents be allowed to kill their son. Hitler sent his own doctor to examine the 5-month old, who he described as:
 The child had been born blind, seemed to be idiotic, and a leg and parts of the arm were missing.
Gerhard was killed and so began the euthanasia program against those with disabilities in Germany.

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