Saturday, April 19, 2008

That was the Pope? That old fella living in the art gallery?

On Thursday I went to see the Pope, with 30,000 of my closest friends. It was insane how many people where there. But that is to be expected.
I managed to get a ticket through a member of NPM, where I work. Tom Stayle (I think that's how his name is spelled) was in charge of the music for the mass. So the people in the office, my mom and me where sitting with the choir, right behind the multi-cultural choir, so we could hear the music great, which was pretty great.
The mass it's self was pretty standard. Which was what the planners were going for.
Pope came in, there was a mass, pope left. Not that I was underwhelmed or anything. Far from it. I like him better now.
But the most notable event of the day came after the mass on the way back to the Metro.
Some "Christians" decided that it would be fun to protest. I've heard of this shit happening, but I've never actually seen it. I'm not sure what they were hoping to achieve, but I'm sure they failed massively. Especially with all the people they were protesting forming their own sort of counter protest with singing and arguing. Imagine a river of people singing psalms in English and Spanish. Kinda hard to hear people yelling at you over that.
But I'm sure I made a couple of priests laugh. When they where yelling at us that the Catholic Church preached fornication, I responded, "We are!?! Yes!" I figure the best way to ignore bull headed stupidity is to laugh at it and move on. Especially when they are so sure they're right, they aren't going to listen to you.
But the pope was nice.

5 comments:

John Henry Adams said...

Life would be so much easier if the Catholic Church preached fornication. (We'd also probably be a lot more popular, come to think of it.)

That does sound pretty good. How was the Pope's sermon? Enlightening or just sort of ho-hum? (It's always interesting to me whether the leader of a church is actually a good preacher or not. To lead a church requires a lot of skills, but I'm not sure preaching is always one of them.)

Gina said...

It sounded like it was good, But it was really hard to hear with the terrible echo and the thick accent. I had to look up a transcript, Which is of course no nearly as interesting. I did like the fact that he mentioned that this is the year of 200th anniversary of the Baltimore Dioses and gave part of his homily is Spanish.
But he did give a good speech on the South lawn the day before.

John Henry Adams said...

Well, that's reassuring then.

Gina said...

Holy crap John. That was a fast response.

John Henry Adams said...

Oh, I'm good, Gina. Real good.