In March 1920 an ad starred in A catholic that is german newspaper would replace the reputation for the Catholic Church. It read: “Middle ranking civil servant, solitary, Catholic, 43-years-old, immaculate past, through the countryside, is searching for a good Catholic pure woman, who can cook well, and who are able to do all housework, that is also effective at sewing and a beneficial homemaker so that you can marry during the opportunity that is soonest.”
It had been through the Altцttinger Liebfrauen Messenger paper that Joseph Ratzinger came across Maria Peintner. They quickly married and Maria provided birth to three kids; Georg, Maria and Joseph.
As Valentine’s Day approaches many of us is almost certainly not motivated by Pope Benedict XVI’s father’s approach that is business-like love. (more…)