I like the idea of him being adopted as a patron of the innocent. And it got me thinking liturgically. Part of the rehabilitation of the episcopacy will involve important gestures of symbolic leadership. And I don’t mean empty philosophical mewlings.
I’m not aware of any feast or event elevated to a major feast for the cause of reconciliation, reparation, or cultivating forgiveness. But this one is a thought.
To rededicate themselves to the protection of children and vigilance against predators, bishops could adopt Charles Lwanga’s feast for some personal and collective observance. For the rest of us, we get a holy day with obligatory Mass attendance. What could we insist the bishops do?
Perhaps pray a novena for the nine days prior to the feast. Perhaps schedule their late Spring meeting on the feast or in its novena or octave and offer a collective act of penitence and petition. Every cathedral mansion could include a shrine to the Ugandan martyr. Every episcopal coat of arms could include a special item. Make June 3rd a holy day of obligation … to meet with survivors of abuse and rededicate themselves to being good shepherds and overseers.
What do you think? Will the USCCB go for it?