At the end of this excerpt from Rocco Palma, he states that there was a complete lack of applause for Archbishop Naumann's homily at the Basilica in Washington last night whereas in the past there were overflowing cheers.
If anything good can come out of the Magisterium's meltdown in this country, a lack of applause at Mass during a homily is the best thing ever!!
Rocco Palma at Whisper in the Loggia writes:
In a normal year, the March for Life – beginning with its jammed vigil in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception – attracts somewhere around 100 US bishops.
Again underscoring the state of things this time, tonight's opening Mass barely managed to draw 40 of them... and instead of the standard six or so cardinals on hand, tonight saw all of two (with Wuerl and Cardinal Timothy Dolan – currently facing his own heat over a recent case in New York – both conspicuous by their absence).
To be sure, some of the depressed turnout can likely be attributed to an intense round of winter storms running cross-country. But not a drop like this.
All told, it should be a hale season for the Catholic movement against abortion – 46 years since Roe, a Republican administration whose premium on the unborn is matched only by its targeting of immigrants has just placed a second justice on the Supreme Court, while a mix of freshly-enacted state laws and evolving public attitudes have brought the number of procedures to a historic low: for the first time, even fewer than took place in 1973 itself.
Nonetheless, the shadow of the scandals could clearly be felt looming over a traditionally exuberant occasion. In his first turn at a homily that, by long practice, doubles as a "State of the Movement" address, the new USCCB Pro-Life chair, Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, had little choice but to note that "the failure to respond effectively to the abuse crisis undermines every other ministry of the church."
The sense was further punctuated by the complete lack of applause during a preach that usually overflows with cheers.
An especially devout veteran of the movement who won the bench's most prominent policy role with an unprecedented defeat of a cardinal – and the US' first Pro-Life Czar who's publicly denied the Eucharist to politicians who support legal abortion – here's Naumann's homily in full: (AND