First, the good. As an abbess, first at Vilich and then at Koln (Cologne), her rule was marked by kindness and generosity to the poor, especially during a famine. That's certainly goodness, but no more than one might hope from a religious community. She also insisted that the sisters under her direction studied Latin so they could better understand the Mass. That's a remarkably progressive view for the tenth century. Of course my Latin students would say that insisting that the sisters all study the language is a crime against humanity rather than an act of goodness and progressive vision. It was said that miracles occurred at her tomb, and that water from her spring can heal or cure afflictions of the eyes.
|Der Alte -- Konrad Adenauer|
Konrad Adenauer was the post-War Chancellor of Germany, a Roman Catholic, and an advocate for the formal canonization of Adelaide. Having been Mayor of Bonn, Adenauer spoke forcefully for the local girl. In 1966, three years after Adenauer resigned from the office of Chancellor and a year before his death, Adelaide was formally recognized as a canonical saint. In 2008, she was further recognized as the Patron of the Bonn / Cologne region.