- Oct 20, 2020
I’d like to suggest a new parlor game: Debating the greatest “resurrections” under Pope Francis, i.e., figures whose careers once appeared to be over and who are now back. Friday’s nomination of Archbishop Piero Marini as a member of the Vatican’s liturgical department is the latest example.
In a document issued on Tuesday by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican has decreed that although burial remains preferable to cremation, the latter is acceptable bu the remains may not be scattered, divvied up or kept at home.
“A spiritualistic piety, a nuanced piety is much easier; but to enter into the logic of the flesh of Christ, this is difficult,” Pope Francis said on Friday, declaring that Christian faith holds “We will resurrect like the risen Christ, with our own flesh.”
The bright rays of hope given by faith in the resurrection have the power to thaw and soften the experiences of life that have been frozen in a person’s recollection and which seek continually to disturb and torment, even the horrors of 9/11 fifteen years ago.
On Easter Sunday, my church was festooned more beautifully than I can ever remember, with small pops of flowers — jonquils, hyacinths, hydrangea, lilies — banking the altar. Above these hung the cross and it, too, was covered with white lilies — a feat that must have required the effort
ROME — As Christians commemorate the suffering and death of Jesus on Good Friday, attacks on believers in various parts of the world are causing many pastors and other leaders to cast modern martyrdom as an extension of Christ’s agony which, they say, will also end in the resurrection. During