Thursday, April 17, 2008
Why no Eskimo music?
Just time for a quick post on the visit so far: Happy-looking Pope - beautiful welcome from the President (when will he become a Catholic? - according to the Sainted Pastor of Park Avenue, a personal friend of the Commander-in-Chief - "when the Bishops become Catholic!)
Beautiful Vespers - good words to the Bishops. Washington Mass (!!) - let's be charitable - apart from the Altar, it was not what the Holy Father has written about/asked for - Fr. Neuhaus was very witty on EWTN - bongo drums during the Veni Creator! The serious point is - you cannot mix all those cultures and expect an organic unity - imagine making a supper with one dish, and putting Mexican, English, African, Chinese etc, etc, into one pot - it would be very unsavoury - because all the tastes would clash. We most certainly can celebrate diversity - but this did NOT work! Great homily - very strong on "Catholic identity," - passing on the Faith - and - very powerful (can't remember the exact words) - something about the real future of the US Church coming from a re-discovery of Penance. Still - these are glory days with our Holy Father among us - in beautiful sunshine!