Tuesday, December 8, 2015
WAS IT THE FEAR OF TERROR OR IS IT SOMETHING ELSE KEEPING PEOPLE FROM PAPAL EVENTS AT SAINT PETER SQUARE?
Okay, it isn't peak tourism time in Rome in December. Okay there is a threat of terror in Europe, with St. Peter's being a primary target. I get that, but 50,000 were there!
Even without tourists in Rome or at least not as many, Immaculate Conception is a national holiday in Rome and Italy. There should have been enough Romans to pack the square has would have been possible before tourism was so prevalent in the world.
Is the loss of papal pageantry part of this loss of interest in papal events at the Vatican?
Some say that the jewels, feathers and bling of the pre-Vatican II papacy (somewhat recovered by Benedict) simply borrowed from secular rulers who used these to prop up their authority. That is correct!
Yet, the Catholic Church has always baptized secular, pagan elements in society, especially in government and made good use of these to point to our Sovereign Lord, Jesus Christ, Crucified and Risen and reigning now as King of all creation! These pointed to Christ the King and the Kingdom of heaven which is about redeemed wealth given to all especially the poor!
I know that the poorest black Protestant churches in the south want their ministers to live well, have nice rings, better homes and drive nice cars. Wealth for everyone, not just a privileged class, is part of heaven.
The Church points to that even in her bling!