Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.
and to offer fraternal greetings to to all the other 'ecclesial communities'" - nice.
How moving! Pope Bendict, although I live on the west coast, it will be so great to know you are so close for a few days! Thank you so much for visiting North America.. and I offer all my prayers for the success of your visit and for your safety. Thank you for posting this video Fr Finnigan!
Thank you, Father for this fascinating speech by the Pope, regarding his forthcoming trip to the USA.Doesn't he have a delghtful accent ?I'm glad to hear him reiterate his message that there can be no peace in the world without Christ's peace. I hope he will say that to the United Nations.Father has provided a most useful link to the American website for the papal visit. I was most interested to read the announcement by Mons. Guido Marini about the use of the pastoral staff of Pius IX for papal ceremonies. I had been wondering if this was a permanent change, and so it would seem.Things are getting better !
Slightly off topic but I have been browsing our own Aidan Nichol's work on Pope Benedict's thoughts. I am struck by how naif the young Ratzinger was on Vatican II.There seems to be a "eurocentricty" in his observations. He didn't seem to get that the 20th was the "American Century". Nor did he grasp the signficance of the growth of Catholicism within the WASP world and its relative maturity.For example the 3 greatest film directors working in Hollywood after the war were all practicing Catholics; the two greatest novelists in the UK were converts to the Faith; whilst Australia's greatest criminal outlaw was also one of us. By contrast, what had Bavaria got to offer in 1962?If I were a peritus from Germany, Holland, Switzerland or France at Vatican II, I might have been tempted to shut up and let the Irish diaspora and WASP converts do all the talking.
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