Sunday, May 15, 2005

Francis Cardinal Arinze and Boney Graduate from the University of Notre Dame

On this blog, we usually confine our posts only to matters specifically regarding the Pope. But, on this occasion, being the Notre Dame alumnus that I am, I have decided to deviate just a bit. :)

Later this afternoon, my esteemed colleague Boney, aka Andy Hagans, the founder of the Pope Blog, will graduate from the University of Notre Dame. One of our favorite papabile of last month's conclave, Francis Cardinal Arinze, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, is also among the ND class of 2005, for he is being awarded an honorary doctorate from the university.

Boney has informed me that during Saturday's Baccalaureate Mass, he tried his best to receive a communion blessing from Cardinal Arinze by ditching his own communion line and making a sprint for Arinze's line on the other side of the aisle. He was however thwarted by two ushers who tackled him to the ground and forced him to get back in his own line to receive communion from a "normal" priest. Better luck next time, Boney.

The final blessing of this Mass was delivered by Bishop John Darcy of the diocese of Fort Wayne - South Bend, Indiana. Prior to giving the blessing, Darcy recalled a memory of the late Pope John Paul II. Said the late Pope in Darcy's presence many years ago, "Notre Dame - a great Catholic university." After recalling this, Darcy then spoke directly to Arinze in front of the thousands of people gathered for the Mass. He asked the cardinal, the next time he was in Rome, to tell our new Pope Bendict XVI that the city of South Bend and the University of Notre Dame sends to him their love and obedience.

Finally, to my guy Boney, I congratulate you. Godspeed, buddy!

13 comments:

melissa said...

The University of Notre Dame sending its obedience to the Pope? Really? Did they clear that with Fr. McBrien?

Anonymous said...

Notre Dame? Is that still Catholic? Fordham University--now that's a real university.

kee said...

Congratulations Boney! and thank you for this great blog.
God bless you now and in your future.

Anonymous said...

Fordham is about as Catholic as Paddy's pig, in fact, Paddy's pig is more catholic.

colleen said...

I didn't realize that you guys were from ND (I'm in the class of 07)...that only gives me more reason to keep reading! Keep up the great work with the blog

Anonymous said...

To clear things up about Notre Dame to us uninformed, please tell me how many have agreed to the Academic Mandatum in Catholic Universities put out by JP II. ANY?? I have loved Notre Dame since I was a child, but have serious problems with their dissent.

Andy H said...

Thanks for your kind words :)

And to those of you taking shots at ND in this thread, congrats on your recent display of appropriate decorum on my Web site ;)

James said...

A correction: an honorary degree cannot be considered a graduation. Even from ND. ;-)

ManCris said...

Ave Maria College! Now that's real CATHOLIC.I'm a product of Jesuit schools and universities.I'm afraid Fordham has swapped it's catholic identity for secularism!However,from St. Augustine's experience, no sin is unforgivable. Good luck, Forham!

Brian said...

Just thought I'd add (as a ND student), having heard from a very reliable source, that the vast majority of the Theo faculty does indeed have the mandatum.

Nihilist in Golf Pants said...

Congrat's Boney, from an '89 alum. At least someone at Notre Dame still knows how to tackle.

Anselmus said...

Who said Paddy's pig isn't Catholic?

Andy H said...

Nihilist,

Damn right I know how to tackle. Played rugby for the Irish Boys, too, till I got this hernia.