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Friday, May 28, 2010

Visiting St. Augustine's Chair

Fr. Dwight Longenecker has this on Pope Benedict's upcoming visit to Britain:
I think the present Pope's visit to England will be very different [from the 1982 visit that included a public service with the then-Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie]. Pope John Paul's was an [sic] pastoral visit. It was loaded with ecumenical assumptions which no longer apply. I doubt very much if Benedict XVI will do much more than pay a private courtesy call to the Archbishop of Canterbury--drink tea, discuss the Muppets, exchange gifts and then pose for the cameras. Pope Benedict's visit will probably be billed as an Apostolic Journey--the implication being that he is following in the footsteps of SS Peter and Paul, and that he comes as an apostle and a missionary. In other words, he's walking where St Augustine walked, and Benedict the Pope will do so in the tradition of Augustine the Benedictine monk.

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