Three Popish Things

Someone really doesn't think the Pope's going to grant the universal indult --Papal Latinist Reginald Foster. This seems harsh:
In any case, he added: "It is a useless mass and the whole mentality is stupid. The idea of it is that things were better in the old days. It makes the Vatican look medieval.
I like the novus ordo when it's done right, but --the mass of the ages is useless? Yikes.
  • I've been waiting for days for the text of B16s homily at vespers on the feast of Paul's conversion --and didn't want to wait until Wednesday to post it. It's here in Italian, but no one has English yet --not even Zenit. Maybe he ad-libbed? The news accounts cover his call for attentiveness to Scripture and reiteration of the idea that unity isn't something we make, but something God grants when we are his disciples.
The Church does not make itself and does not live of itself, but [stems] from the creative word that comes from the mouth of God. Listening together to the word of God; practicing the lectio divina of the Bible, i.e. the reading tied to prayer; letting oneself be surprised by the newness of the word of God which never ages and is never used up; overcoming our deafness for words such as these that do not correspond to our prejudices and our opinions; listening and studying within the communion of believers those who in view of this long and rich tradition of listening; all this represent a path we must follow to reach the unity of the faith as a response to listening to the Word.”
Only Asia News carries this aspect:

“But the seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word, but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit (cf Mt 13, 22). We must ask ourselves: Have we Christians perhaps become too silent? Have we lost the courage to speak and bear witness?”
“Our world needs this witness. It is especially waiting for Christians to bear witness together.
At any rate there are pictures here.
And...B16 votes with his wallet. Expect the usual potpourri Wednesday or thereabouts.