Archbishop Hebda and Bishop Cozzens assisted Cardinal Burke
I was pleased to see that our Archbishop and Bishop attended and assisted Cardinal Burke. I also noted in some of the photos on the All Saints site that there was room in the church and I even saw a couple of guys in jeans - there was even room to park the car. I could have attended after all.
Having said that, I still don't get the cappa stuff and vesting at the altar. Yes, I know what it symbolizes but why? So that seems like a lot of theater - but who am I to judge?
Last evening I watched a documentary from the reign of Pius XII which showed the splendor, pomp and circumstance surrounding just about every ceremony involving the Pope, as well as the consistories for new cardinals. I recall a similar documentary which aired on television when Pius XII died in 1958, and I was thrilled by how grand everything was. The world has changed dramatically since then, and I understand completely why it was necessary to simplify the papacy and do away with the monarchical extravagances.