Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Ruini - Show support for the Pope on Sunday!

The Italian press is reporting that that Cardinal Ruini, the Pope's vicar for the Diocese of Rome, is encouraging the faithful to give a large show of support for the Pope by attending the Papal Angelus at noon on Sunday. Needless to say, there's no way I'm missing that.

Mainstream political opinion in Italy is almost entirely in support of the Pope with reference to the whole Sapienza debacle. Even those who do not agree with him see this as a defeat for the principle of free speech. Amongst ordinary Italians there tends to be an attitude of great embarrassment that the Pope seems to be more welcome in Turkey than he is in the country's largest university. Some of the signatories of the notorious letter which opposed the Pope's attendance are also trying to nuance their position. They claim that the letter should have been private and that it was 'used' by the protesters in a way that was not intended. The rector of the university is speaking of a 'defeat for reason and secularism.'

Catholic students from the Sapienza university were also prominent at today's Papal audience. They were showing that if the Pope couldn't come to them, then they were going to go to the Pope.


Sixtus past ten said... speech is a wonderful thing.

Fr Tim Finigan said...

Many thanks for this encouraging news from on the ground in Rome. I bet Sunday is a great occasion - I look forward to the photos!

Berlicche said...

It isn't all so wonderful...many say that the Pope "asked" for it...
It reminds me of the ancient Aesop's fable of the lamb and the wolf. Not speaking of the evangelic words about the same subject.