Tuesday, March 18, 2014

"If They Didn't Have Dusty Shoes, They Had Some 'Splainin To Do" – A Year On, Brown Papi on Francis

First and forever the Premier See of American Catholicism, tonight in Baltimore brought the US' biggest event to mark this "Francisversary" – a panel symposium on the Pope before an estimated crowd of 3,000 in the arena of Loyola University, the Jesuit school in the Society's cradle on these shores.

For this crowd's purposes, though, the evening's principal talk is literally the key-note: named as Francis' "regional assistant" for North America a month after the election – now a veteran of three "Super 8" meetings, to say nothing of multiple Pope-calls in any given week – the following assessment of a man and a moment he's experienced like few others was given by Boston's Cardinal Seán O'Malley OFM Cap....