VATICAN CITY – Consistories for new cardinals are usually held on major feasts, and the most recent one had a lesson for the liturgical life of parishes.
– in Rome –
It was certainly a welcome change.
At the ceremony for the creation of new cardinals on Saturday in Saint Peter’s basilica, I was honoured to accompany the Canadian delegation, led by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. A few paces away, in the front pew as is customary on such occasions, was the Prime Minister of Italy, Mario Monti. Continue reading
– in Vatican City –
It’s the closest the red carpet ever gets to St. Peter’s. There is a touch of stardom, even celebrity and, as a careful eye may observe here and there, a hint of occasional vainglory too. It’s consistory day in Rome, when the Pope creates new cardinals from among the world’s senior archbishops. Continue reading
Contraception was the hot topic in American politics these weeks, ever since the administration launched an egregious attack on religious liberty by mandating religious employers to purchase contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs. According to U.S. President Barack Obama, if a Catholic soup kitchen serves a meal to a non-Catholic poor person, it ceases to be a Catholic agency, and so must pay for the dishwasher’s morning-after pill. Continue reading