And I don’t mean very bright celestial objects turning silver and rotating overhead. The Vatican is trying like heck to pacify the Temple Police (some of whom are ready to excommunicate the last pope) and you have to love this quote from Cardinal Peter Turkson:
During the pilgrimage, the walk, in silence …
And the silence is not prayer? Same destination. Same saint.
(T)he real prayer will be here at St. Peter’s on the vigil (Oct. 26) when the Holy Father is with the Catholic faithful.
The real prayer? Is Cardinal Turkson for real? Catholics really pray and everybody else are kind of unreal?
The emphasis is on pilgrimage rather than on praying together.
(F)or the first time, four nonbelievers — three philosophers and an economist — have accepted a papal invitation to attend.
That just sounds like a bad joke. (Did you hear the one about the three philosophers and the economist who went on a pilgrimage to Assisi …?)
There’s really something to the notion that by try not to offend anyone, one might well end up with the worst offense of all.