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Saturday, September 18, 2010

The pope's UK trip that might have been

Some news briefs from an alternate universe ....

Pope visits the poor ....
In response to Cardinal Kasper's tasteless remark about the UK being like a third world country, Benedict canceled his meetings with the Queen and the Prime Minister and instead met with the impoverished immigrants of London, whereupon he bade Kasper wash their feet

Pope meets with Richard Dawkins ....
In a move nobody saw coming, Benedict led the attendees of his Hyde Park prayer vigil to Downing Street where Richard Dawkins was speaking to a pope-protesting crowd. The pope encouraged the two groups to fraternize and invited Dawkins to discuss their differences in private over a beer.

B16 fires Cardinal Bernard Law ....
Breaking with his standard packaged private meetings with sex abuse victims, Benedict arranged a public forum, televised, in which he listened to everyone who wished to speak, acknowledged church cover-ups of abuse, and announced that Cardinal Law and others who had abused or covered up abuse were being defrocked even as he spoke.

The Pope goes ecumenical ....
In an historic ecumenical move, B16 invited Rowan Williams to co-celebrate the Eucharist with him at the Westminster Cathedral mass, citing a prayer akin to that of Peter's in Acts 19-11 as his inspiration.

Newman beatification ....
Crowds in Birmingham were surprised when the pope announced at the ceremony to beatify Cardinal Newman that the proto-saint would be named the patron of the laity, and that he planned, in Newman's honor, to create a body of lay people to contribute to the making of church doctrine.

Ok, I'm stopping now - this is actually making me kind of depressed :/


Blogger Mary H. said...

Hi Crystal,
These are wonderful! Thanks for putting them out into the universe - maybe it will help us imagine what can be.

8:04 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Mary - thanks :)

10:39 PM  
Anonymous Freda said...

Shame the Vatican don't have someone like you as an adviser or spin-doctor. Watching the TV prog on the Vatican and its system of training altar-boys in an all-male environment makes me think the RC Church is even further from the people than I had thought.

Thanks for your thoughts. Don't be depressed, change will come, pity it has to be so slowly

10:10 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Freda,

Thanks :) Sometimes it seems like the church will never change, but Vatican II was a pretty big change, so maybe something like that can happen again.

11:42 AM  
Blogger Deacon Denny said...

Yeah, I get these little quirky visions too sometimes! Thanks for sharing yours, Crystal. I especially liked the one about washing the feet of the poor.

10:43 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Denny,

I wanted to have one where he decided women could be ordained after all but sadly it seemed just too unbelievable :)

12:30 AM  
Blogger Denny said...

Yeah, that would be a real stretch!

3:02 PM  

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