Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Giggling with delight
The President of the United States and the Governor of the State of Oklahoma have ordered that flags be flown at half-staff. Therefore, I am giggling with delight that the death of the Bishop of Rome has such a visible effect around this remote part of Oklahoma, smack in the center of the "Bible-belt". The Post Office, the County Courthouse, and public schools have flags at half-staff. In fact -- readers, you'll love this -- as I drove around today I noticed one school had its flag at full staff. So... I called them up to let them know the Governor had declared they should be at half-staff! Call me helplessly Catholic, but these public displays certainly show what is the truth: that the Pope is the Universal Pastor. Whether people of no faith, of other faiths, or of other Christian ecclesial communities recognize it or not, or whether they are willing to admit it or not, the Pope, the Vicar of Christ on earth, is their Supreme Pastor!

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