30 January 2015

Not a Huge Deal in Light of What Has Already Happened, But...




The Pope has abandoned the traditional investiture of the pallium for Metropolitan Archbishops that has typically taken place in Rome on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul. The stated reason is that this way the local churches get to be more involved.

Maybe.

It seems to me that this is another public humility display forced on the bishops at the Pope's whim. But, amazingly, no one asked me.

With typical efficiency, the Pope will still have the Archbishops fly to Rome on the feast day for a concelebrated Mass, so it isn't a money saver. He will just bless the pallia privately somewhere and hand them out privately too.

This way nobody will think he is a real big shot.

Why not? Too much ceremony in the Church these days, right?

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