Aug 212011

by Anura Guruge

Here is one link.

This USA Today article says that the tent collapsed during the storm — the one that the pope said was a blessing from the Lord! Quite a blessing, indeed. I hoped the injured thanked the Lord for this their very personal blessing. I wonder how many close by were truly bummed that they too were not better blessed.

For those that were irked by my ‘free pass’ statement might want to read this from the gravitas-filled UK Guardian that refers to it as a ‘special concession.’ It must be a British thing. Free pass, special concession both allude to the same thing. This article also has a nice picture of the temporary confessionals — though don’t ask me why they show a priest in partial undress, right at the front. Hhmm.

Here is another good article on the whole papal trip from The New York Times.

The next World Youth Day will be in Brazil, in Rio de Janeiro, in 2013. The pope, 86 by then, no doubt plans to attend.

The world famous beaches of Rio, the site of the 2013 World Youth Day. They will definitely need more confessional booths.


  7 Responses to “6 Injured, 2 Seriously, When Tent Collapses During World Youth Day 2011 In Madrid.”

  1. Meanwhile,what about that International Eucharistic Congress in Ireland in 2012?

    And does the scheduling of the next WYD festival for 2013 instead of 2014 as would be expected mean that the Pope doubts he’ll be around in 2014?

  2. Yes, I remember you had already queried this … whether the pope will be welcome in Rome in 2012. Didn’t I tell you my scenario for this. The Vatican is going to introduce snakes into Ireland. (I was going to say ‘re-introduce,’ but there is a school that there were never any slithering snakes in Ireland — just the back-stabbing variety). Then the pope will go in 2012 as the modern day St. Patrick.

    Given the publicity they get, I am actually surprised that they don’t make it into an annual event. Just think of all those confessions they could elicit.

    Thanks. Cheers.

  3. I thought that Benedict XVI was of the opinion that John Paul II had made too much of WYD and would want it downsized or phased out.

  4. Louis,
    That is news to me. Maybe he has had a change of heart given that he has been a success at these events — and yesterday, even the Lord blessed him by raining on his parade.
    Question. A very serious one.
    If a unrepentant Catholic priest, who though repeatedly confessing to his crimes continues to molest kids, gives confession to a lay pedophile is that confession (or any other heard by the pedophile priest) valid?
    Have another one about the WYD abortion special. Would a woman who had had multiple abortions qualify? She could be remorseful after each, but still use abortion as a means of birth control.

  5. Her status could be like the hypothetical serial killer,who carefully makes a date to confess and receive absolution after each hit.The priest’s canonical status would depend on his having been absolved by his own confessor.

  6. But, I think I alluded, that the the pedophile priest would have been absolved because he lied to his confessor. Isn’t it time they equipped confessionals with lie detectors?

  7. Louis,
    All this talk about confessing reminds me of this story:
    There once was a religious young woman who went to Confession. Upon entering the confessional, she said, ‘Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned.’
    The priest said, ‘Confess your sins and be forgiven.’
    The young woman said, ‘Last night my married boyfriend, with who I am having an affair with, made mad passionate love to me seven times.’

    The priest thought long and hard and then said, ‘Squeeze seven lemons into a glass and then drink the juice.’

    The young woman asked, ‘Will this cleanse me of my sins?’

    The priest said, ‘No, but it will wipe that smile off of your face.’

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