Friday, November 14, 2008

Must have been a Yankees fan

In his book Common Ground, J. Anthony Lukas recounts how the archbishop-elect [Humberto Medeiros] reacted to the news of his appointment [to the Archdiocese of Boston in 1970]. After pausing for a few minutes of quiet prayer, he politely asked whether the Pope knew what he was doing. The papal envoy reassured him but Medeiros persisted:
"I mean," said the bishop, "does he realize what it's equivalent to?"
"No," said the puzzled delegate. "What is it equivalent to?"
"Gethsemane," said the Bishop.

--Philip F. Lawler, The Faithful Departed: The Collapse of Boston's Catholic Culture (2008), p. 97

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