After refusing to say he would (or wouldn’t), the Pope met with victims of sexual abuse after celebrating Mass in DC today. At the meeting, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston gave the Pope a notebook containing the names of 1,000 sexual abuse survivors in the Boston archdiocese. No word on what the Pope’s reaction was upon reciept of this unusual gift (“awesome souvenir, thanks”–perhaps not).
No one is asking me, but I’ll say something about his homily anyway: it was too preachy for my tastes (are you surprised?). All about submission to God’s will, nothing about the Church’s responsibility to its flock. No theological insights (again, no shock there) and nothing spiritually uplifting about what he said. I think he’s the kind of speaker that does better in smaller groups, perhaps because he’s preaching a message that most people don’t really agree with . . .