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By Diogenes (articles ) | Feb 11, 2005

Later, when [Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo] Sodano gave Rice a medal with reference to the Christian roots of Europe, he pointedly observed, "There's no need to underscore the Christian roots of America," a way of saying that by comparison to Europe, America has preserved its religious faith in a more public way. Rice then gave Sodano a silver bowl, and he exclaimed

"It's perfect for our chocolates."

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  • Posted by: sparch - Feb. 15, 2005 1:03 PM ET USA

    Lighten up. Let people be themselves as they try to face the challeges of the Church and humanity in the upcoming years.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Feb. 12, 2005 9:36 PM ET USA

    I thought you were joking, Diogenes... but then I read the actual story.... Lord, help us. I pray that he did not actually say that... for indeed, I thought that such a comment about a silver bowl would only eminate from a group like the "rainbow sashers," not from his Eminence in the Vatican... As a priest, I can state that such flaming comments from a successor to the Apostles don't exactly help to attract holy, orthodox, Roman Catholic men to the priesthood...

  • Posted by: - Feb. 12, 2005 9:41 AM ET USA

    By highlighting what was obviously intended as a jest (not every word that comes out of a Cardinal's mouth will have deep theological signficance) you're missing a far more interesting conversation: does the Vatican actually think that America's Christian roots are so superior to Europe's? Or that they continue to be? Does this explain Rome's reluctance to take action on America's erring bishops? Look how swiftly they moved in Austria, for example. Pier Giorgio - ditto!

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Feb. 11, 2005 11:45 PM ET USA

    lighten up already. the were just kidding with each other! (context might not be everything, but it is something! besides, this report was from the Nat'l Catholic Distorter. )

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Feb. 11, 2005 1:25 PM ET USA

    I'm surprised that he didn't say: "Its perfect for our genetically engineered soup."

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Feb. 11, 2005 12:51 PM ET USA

    "Chocolates," I think we could all do without, however, perhaps, a humble comment regarding possible disciplinary action with regard to negligent Bishops would have been far more appropriate. JP

  • Posted by: - Feb. 11, 2005 12:43 PM ET USA

    "It's perfect for our chocolates." Sounds like the perfect analogue to the Medici popes responses to a substantially corrupted Church which led to Luther, Calvin, and the Reformation; and to Marie Atoinette's "Let them eat cake". It seems to me that the "downsizing" going on in the Boston Archdiocese is only a type, a foreshadowing, of what the Vatican is really expecting to see on planet Earth.

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