I watched the Pope’s funeral last night on CNN, and it was fascinating. These days, it’s rare to find a Latin Mass said anywhere in North America but an SSPX church, and that lot’s been excommunicated, so it doesn’t really count. It was wonderful to see a Novus Ordo Mass said in the universal language of the Church.
Just for the record, there’s a lot about Cardinal Ratzinger, the celebrant, that I worry about, particularly if he becomes Pope, but I thought his homily was really well done. The last bit, in particular was really moving, so I think I’ll just post it here.
“None of us can ever forget how in that last Easter Sunday of his life, the Holy Father, marked by suffering, came once more to the window of the Apostolic Palace and one last time gave his blessing urbi et orbi. We can be sure that our beloved pope is standing today at the window of the Father’s house, that he sees us and blesses us. Yes, bless us, Holy Father. We entrust your dear soul to the Mother of God, your Mother, who guided you each day and who will guide you now to the eternal glory of her Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.”
His last appearance at that window was very bittersweet. He was in such pain, and it was clearly so difficult for him. He was a remarkable leader, and I’ll miss him.
And in other news, CNN is currently covering the Royal Circus ™, and I am once again amazed by the sheer size and complexity of the hats that British ladies wear for special occasions. Are they trying to outdo each other, or something? Ridiculous.