… and everybody showed up? David Gibson headlined his entry on dotCommonweal, “Pope approves ‘priest-less’ Masses,” but it’s a curiosity for angel pinhead dancers … or something. The comments on his thread just slay me. It’s not a Sunday, but just “multiple” weekdays. No problem, really, for the folks back home. Just celebrate the Liturgy of the Hours, right?
Every Catholic priest in the world—there are around 407,000—is invited to the meeting, which will have the theme of “Faithfulness of Christ, Faithfulness of the Priest.”
Granted, the observance runs Wednesday through Friday–plenty of time for Father to get back for confessions on Saturday afternoon. If he hightails it out of the Eternal City pront, that is.
But imagine that we live in an age where it is possible that a fairly large number of the world’s 400k priests might do something like go to Rome for this. What do you think will be the turnout? Four-thousand? Forty-thousand? What if Serra Clubs and the Knights and others ponied up airline tickets and hotel rooms for the clergy, especially those in the Third World? If they were serious about this event, it would be huge. Just don’t tell Dan Brown, okay? It would be Hollywood to the extreme to concoct, then thwart a plot that would knock out a huge chunk of the world’s Catholic clergy in one swipe.
I say let the guys go and have some fun. We’ll watch the store while y’all are away. Right?