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the comfort of ritual

By Diogenes (articles ) | Feb 19, 2006

The ceremony was held in a hotel ballroom, with 4,000 people in attendance. The man being honored, a native of Guam, wore a “face mike”-- the sort of thing that pop singers wear when they want to be able to make themselves heard above the amplified guitar music, and still have their hands free for the dance gestures. His coat of arms featured an image of the Golden Gate Bridge. Women wearing floral wreaths carried a throne for him. (He was wearing a floral wreath, too.) At the dramatic high point of the ceremony, a conch shell was sounded by a 10-year-old boy who had been practicing for this moment for 6 months.

This strange ritual was:

  • the retirement ceremony for the Distinguished Professor of Aura Management at the Institute for Advanced Wholistic Therapy
  • the inauguration of a new frat president at Delta House
  • the marriage banquet for the crown prince of an island republic in Micronesia
  • the installation of a Roman Catholic bishop

Ask yourself, seriously, whether you want to know the right answer.

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  • Posted by: - Feb. 20, 2006 1:36 PM ET USA

    God help us, please....

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Feb. 19, 2006 11:37 PM ET USA

    Thanks to Digital Cameras and the internet I'm wondering if someone can email Papa Ratzi at his new papal email address and see if a Digital Firing Certificate can be sent pronto to Reno.

  • Posted by: Eleazar - Feb. 19, 2006 9:26 PM ET USA

    As flawed as the outputs of the system of episcopal selection (i.e. bishops) have been of late, I'm wondering if there isn't a problem with that system. Surely there are more orthodox, more humble priests out there than those who have been selected to receive the mitre and crozier.

  • Posted by: Eusebuis1 - Feb. 19, 2006 9:19 PM ET USA

    Is Pope Benedict aware of the actions and comments by his newly appointed San Francisco Archbishop and now his Reno Bishop. As I understand both were "sponsored" by Archbishop Levada -- a classmate of Cardinal Mahony. Things are getting worse not better

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Feb. 19, 2006 4:39 PM ET USA

    There is not one good reason for any man to be ordained & installed a bishop in a hotel. Not one. Is there no cathedral in Reno? Is there no Catholic church of any kind in the entire diocese? We are compelled to ask Bp. Calvo the question: Have you broken communion with the Roman Catholic Church already, the very day of your ordination & installation? Indeed, most of your actions, dear bishop, indicate the answer is "yes" & that you stand with Cardinal Mahony's team of traitors. God help us.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 19, 2006 3:04 PM ET USA

    And there is no Cathedral or church to have the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for this installation? When do we start with the hula dancers? Well it's clear that he must be a Mahonyite who understands one of the problems of the Church today... we are so overburdened with a sense of the sacred that we need to loosen up.......yeah right.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 19, 2006 2:53 PM ET USA

    The episcopal installation was held at the Reno Hilton Pavilion? A resort hotel with casinos, lounges and a bowling alley? One photo shows Bishop Calvo lying prostrate on an oriental rug in front of... convention-hall drapes. His coat of arms contains wavy lines under the GG bridge "partially signifying his love of the outdoors and water sports." The Reno cathedral is not large, but it is the House of God and the Mother Church of the Diocese. What an utter disgrace. Disgusted Reno Native

  • Posted by: Hopeful500 - Feb. 19, 2006 11:21 AM ET USA

    Gee - I had always heard the quip that when the Book of the Gospels was held over the bishop elect's head- it was at that moment that his backbone was sucked out. I guess this man, based on the liturgy he allowed and participated in, must be an overachiever and had this operation completed BEFORE he showed up. God help us.

  • Posted by: NonSumDignus - Feb. 19, 2006 10:26 AM ET USA

    "Inculturation" is one thing. But in Reno, NV??? Yikes!

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