Call me cynical, but I find it hard to believe that Cardinal Kasper would take the time and trouble to fly across the Atlantic just to receive one bauble and make one speech at Catholic University of America on November 6 (see previous post
). It dawned on me just this morning that I should check out the precise dates of the USCCB's annual November meeting in nearby Baltimore. Sure enough! The scheduled dates are Nov 10 - 13, at the Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore (Inner Harbor area).
So Kasper's CUA appearance is the evening of Thursday the 6th. The USCCB meeting starts the following Monday. Will he be putting in an appearance at the meeting? Here's the USCCB info about this meeting
. Am I the only one who finds this agenda to be rather curious for what's NOT on it? Two weeks ago occurred one of the most controversial meetings in recent church history. Yet the word "synod" is not to be found on the USCCB page that's dedicated to this meeting.
I'm willing to go out on a limb and opine that the SinNod most certainly will be discussed
at the meeting that will start one week from tomorrow. After all, there is only this meeting, with next summer's meeting, to
browbeat faithful bishops
"help" faithful bishops to "mature". I also think that the main reason for Kasper's trip is to attend that meeting OR, at the very least, to drive some of the preparation for that meeting during the preceding weekend after his CUA appearance. I understand that this CUA award is prestigious, but it cannot be so wondrous as to justify a transatlantic trip!
By the way - would Cardinal Burke be invited to this USCCB meeting? I'd be pleasantly surprised if he was, but I think not.
"By the way - would Cardinal Burke be invited to this USCCB meeting?"ReplyDelete
Isn't Cdnl Burke still an American Bishop? (Cardinals are still Bishops)....could he not just show up at this meeting? Would someone actually try to refuse him admittance?...dear God where the hell are we?