Greetings from Rome.
I apologize for the light blogging as in the run up to my trip I had one of the busiest weeks in my work life as a journalist covering the events around Canada’s National March for Life.
I caught a cold even before the events got into gear, so I had to martial my energy carefully to make it through the week.
Part of the reason why I’m here is related to the Symposium 2019 in October to mark the 10th anniversary of Anglicanorum coetibus.
Today, I met Patrick McCain, a seminarian of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter who is at the North American College, (he’s holding the umbrella) and Fr. Walter Oxley, of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. I will attend Vespers at the College tomorrow night and take Patrick out for supper.
I seem to have brought Ottawa weather with me to the Eternal City. It’s cloudy and chilly, with rain and temperatures around 5 or 6 C predicted for tomorrow. A highlight of my trip is that I attended an event where Cardinal Sarah presented his latest book with Nicolas Diat: Le soir approche et déjà le jour baisse.
The event was in French, but I understood everything said well enough to be riveted. Cardinal Sarah decided not to speak about his new book, and instead about Pope-emeritus Benedict’s recent letter: The Church and the scandal of sexual abuse.
He expounded on the letter, stressing that as Pope Benedict said, the sexual abuse crisis is a crisis of the loss of faith in God. He said it is true that homosexuality is not the cause of the sexual abuse crisis, but is, instead, a symptom of the loss of God, as is all unchaste behavior on the part of priests. He told me he plans to publish the text, and when he does I will provide a link.