Monday, October 02, 2006

An appointment in Del Norte

Every time that I drive through the small southern Colorado town of Del Norte, I am annoyed. Still they have failed to erect a sign on US 160: "Birthplace of Chas S. Clifton." I may have to make my own, I thought, and bolt it to a convenient post.

But not now. Del Norte may have been my first home, but that is nothing compared to its being the site of a papal consecration.

Reading the Holy Office blog (written by a religion journalist) I learn that the next pope was supposed to have been consecrated there last August.

But the ceremony was delayed. There may still be time to attend. Maybe I could get my photo taken with the pope, and Del Norte would be doubly famous.

Note that the next pope is from Oklahoma. Southern Colorado is always full of Okies and Texans fleeing the summer heat. Were he a Texan, the venue would be Lake City, and that is a longer drive.

Keep reading Holy Office for more on radical traditionalist Catholics:

And, frankly, who can blame people for getting caught up in the excitement? In a crowded religious marketplace, radtrads have a lot to offer: poorly-pronounced Latin, ample parking at half-deserted storefront churches, the glazed certainty otherwise present only in certain murderous androids, and even the prospect of receiving messages from the Virgin Mary, some of which might tell you to go ahead and marry a couple more wives.

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Blogger gl. said...

i didn't known you were born in del norte!

8:56 PM  
Blogger Chas S. Clifton said...

It's true, but no one believes it, perhaps because I was only 3 when my parents moved us back up to the Black Hills.

10:11 AM  

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