Another perspective on ad orientem--the priest leading
The Pope uses Latin rather than English. From this we can infer that his English is not good enough for him to celebrate in that language. When he visits the USA he can either use Latin (which the English-speakers won't understand since they have been deprived of it for over four decades) or Spanish, which is comprehensible to a large minority of US Catholics but which risks alienating the majority. An interesting conundrum.
Did the Pope ever reschedule his meeting with the bishops? Even if he really was tired, it seems rather rude if he didn't reschedule when the Successor of Peter has traveled half way around the world and then has not met with the local successors of the Apostles to allow them to show their communion with him. It just goes along with the seeming sense that the Pope doesn't really like prelates or clerics and would prefer talking to Atheists or perhaps Buddhists.
I believe he did meet with the bishops.
Indeed, he does not care for his bishops or cardinals but he sure in the heck loves pagans, muslims, buddists, hindus, and anything non-catholic.
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