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Regalia Maxima

By    |   Wednesday, 13 Mar 2013 07:50 AM

The Conclave of Cardinals who will choose the next Holy Father, spiritual leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, is everything that the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives (and Italian "Senato" and "Camera") wish they could be.

I am so impressed by the dignity, the poise, the grace, the sense of purpose these men show as they proceed into the Sistine Chapel. What a pity the media, especially the barking TV financial media, spend more time worrying about Italy's budget and its government, and how it will affect our wallets. Not a word is said about the decision of 77 Cardinals (the number necessary to be our next Pope) and how it will affect our immortal souls.

Can you imagine Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., or Vice President Joe Biden spending any time at all in a place where an oath of silence is sworn? Which has been swept of all the obnoxious trademarks of our annoying civilization: cell phones, Internet access, video cameras?

Much like the our troubled economy, the Catholic church faces a number of crises of its own: the sex scandals, the Curia bureaucracy and inadequate attention paid to swelling Roman Catholic populations in South America, Asia and Africa. Perhaps it is understandable given that Europe — once the core of a vibrant Christianity that gave us chivalry, civil law and the doomed tragedy of legendary King Arthur's "Might for Right" — is now the center of moral and economic rot.

You have to excuse the Cardinals when they stand aghast that a sculpture of Christ, submerged in urine, is guaranteed funding from the U.S. government, but a crucifix in a town park is an affront to our Bill of Rights.

Soon there will be a new pope. Here in Canada, the excitement is palpable that one of their own, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, may be chosen as the world's conduit to the Word of God. Match that against the irrelevance of the Davos summit, the latest U.N. Security Council chatfest or another sanction against Iran.

Much fuss is made about quantitative easing and how it debases our currency. Cassandras and doomsayers have been carping for years that our wealth soon shall vanish in a puff of smoke.

There is another puff of smoke that will emerge from the Sistine Chapel, which will create more wealth than they could ever imagine.

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The Conclave of Cardinals who will choose the next Holy Father, spiritual leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, is everything that the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives (and Italian "Senato" and "Camera") wish they could be.
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