Monday, October 23, 2006

Pope Concerned About Church in United States

According to Cardinal George, from the Chicago Tribune:

On his second day in Rome, as planned, George attended the canonization of Mother Theodore Guerin of Indiana, the first U.S. saint in six years. What wasn't planned, he said, was an invitation that day to concelebrate mass with the pope. In a concelebration, several priests say mass together.

"I hadn't expected that, and I was very pleased to do that," he said.

George said the pope was worried about the state of the church in the United States.

"He was very concerned about the seminary system and the morale of priests who have been ordained for some years, especially in the current crisis," he said.