Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Eight Score and Several Popes Ago....

On this 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, as part of a Ken Burns project, Lincoln's immortal words as recited by another iconic President, albeit of more recent times:

(Tip to NCR.)

A historian of the American church by trade, Tim Dolan preached at the battlefield town's parish church during a July Mass marking the sesquicentenary of the key turning point in the Civil War, its 50,000 casualties the greatest single toll of the four-year conflict.

For purposes of context, made an archdiocese – then but the second on the Eastern seaboard – just 13 years before Gettysburg, it would still be another decade after the War Between the States was resolved before the Heir of Hughes (New York's John McCloskey) became the first American cardinal.