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  • Marie Neuman Gottfried
    ... From: Marie Neuman Gottfried Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2000 8:20 PM Subject: Fw: Is St. John Nepomucene real? Dear Fellow List
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      -----Original Message-----
      From: Marie Neuman Gottfried <mngottfried@...>
      Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2000 8:20 PM
      Subject: Fw: Is St. John Nepomucene real?

      Dear Fellow List members,
       
      Here is an e-mail I sent to a Catholic website that listed the saints and their histories.   After reading this, perhaps some of you can shed light on the validity of St. John of Nepomuk.
       
      -----Original Message-----
      From: Marie Neuman Gottfried <mngottfried@...>
      To: catholic@... <catholic@...>
      Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2000 8:17 PM
      Subject: Is St. John Nepomucene real?

       
        Thank you for such a wonderful way of researching the saints. 
       
      I am writing a book that contains a chapter about St. John Nepomucene.  I stood on the Charles Bridge in Prague next to his statue where he was thrown to drown in the water.  I have read about him in the tourist guide books and several Czech histories.
       
      My question:  About a year ago, I pulled this up on the net.
       
       
      This is/was the website for Radio Prague's History Online Virtual Exhibit! .  They had printed this information on The Hussite Era.
       
      "Probably the most famous person Wenceslas IV had thrown into the river was an insignificant court clerk by name of John of Pomuk.  During the Counter-Reformation, the Catholic Church recovered the story of John of Pomuk's death and entirely overhauled it--making John's name John of Nepomuk, making his job the confessor to the Queen (instead of an office clerk), and making the reason for his execution the "fact" that John refused to divulge the Queen's secrets--told in Confession--to the king.  John of Nepomuk was eventually made a saint on the basis of this story, but the Vatican rescinded the decision in 1961, explaining that testimony of his miracles and other evidence of his deeds was "fishy". "
       
      Is this true that the Vatican rescinded the sainthood of John of Pomuk/Nepomuk?  I do not want to write anything in error in my book.
       
      I will appreciate your reply.
       
      Truly,
       
      Marie Neuman Gottfried
      Pattison, Texas
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