Friday, March 5, 2010

Ponte Benedetto

One of the most picturesque bridges over the Tiber is the Ponte Sisto, built at the behest of Pope Sixtus IV.  I certainly found it handy: crossing over it, one arrives at the lane leading up to Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini, the Latin Mass parish in Rome, which was originally founded for the benefit of pilgrims by dear St Philip Neri.

In the spirit of ressourcement, now our Pope has astonished all, by squaring the circle, and establishing special means of access to Catholic unity for incoming Anglicans.  As Bp Peter Elliott put it, by doing so, the Supreme Pontiff, indeed the "Bridgebuilder General", has erected an elegant bridge for Anglicans to cross upon, so that for them the proverbial perils of "swimming the Tiber" are henceforth avoided.

I propose that this admirable structure, set up in the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum cœtibus, be intituled the Ponte Benedetto - Benedict's Bridge.

Viva il Papa!

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