I am presently parked in Florida, where I am visiting my mother for a few days. Coming from Virginia, I picked up some bug and feel simply dreaful. I have propped myself up in front of TV for a bit to see some of their programs on the Holy Father and his visit to the USA.
Thus, as I tuned into the show The Papacy of Reason: Inside the Mind of Benedict XVI, I was thunderstruck to see myself.
This is a documentary produced in Rome by my good friend Raphaela Schmid, who has been producing some stupendous documentaries. I was profoundly impressed with a program she did on Catholics in China. I was interviewed for this documentary during my last trip to Rome.
At any rate, since I had my little camera next to me in my laptop bag, I shot a some photos of the screen.
There were some very prestigious people in this show, as it turns out. Several Cardinals, including H.E. Marc Card. Oullet (who could wind up being Pope one day) and the great Joseph Card. Zen. Cardinals Levada of the CDF were interviewed as well as Cardinal Cordes.
Among the liturgical commentators we had Archbp. Malcolm Ranjith
And my friend Fr. Michael Lang, who has done so much to help people understand the importance of ad orientem worship.
We also got to see a shot of another friend, the Pastor of the new FSSP parish in Rome, Fr. Kramer, as he celebrated Mass at San Gregorio dei Muratori.
There were many other people of note in this documentary. I highly recommend you see it if possible. It hits a homerun in its view of Papa Ratzinger’s view of the Church and what he is trying to accomplish.