|One way for Festing to avoid detection in Rome...
Shocking as it was to read the letter published by Rorate Caeli sent to Fra' Matthew Festing, it is nice to see diplomatic pleasantries still are in operation in the Vatican. The final two paragraphs in particular were prime examples, wherein it was stated without embarrassment that Matthew Festing is temporarily banned from the site of the Mother Church of all Christians, while wishing him a happy Easter.
So thoughtful and, of course, merciful to a tee. Strange for a Pope who is so keen to talk of the freedom of movement of peoples as something sacrosanct, that suddenly barriers and walls which should normally be torn down are, for one person in particular, erected with papal blessing. Oh well, I guess the regime of surprises, contradictions and wholly unnecessary villainy of biblical proportions strikes again.
Yesterday, I posted a new song, a rendition of Bob Marley's 'One Love' adapted to the theme of our contemporary obsession with inter-faith and ecumenical dialogue so loved by Pope Francis and the Prince of Inter-Communion himself, Cardinal Kasper. It can be viewed here. I don't think either of them would appreciate my latest effort.
Happy Easter again to all, do say a prayer for Fra Matthew Festing. It cannot be many people who have been told with the Pope's approval not to come to the Eternal City for a while 'just because...'