A Letter from Brazil
Francis’s preventing of people from kissing the Fisherman’s Ring is the latest glimpse of the sorrowful state of our Church.
It is not uncommon to meet Novus Ordo priests, especially in those places where Liberation Theology is the “norm” (an unbelievable statement that by its familiarity has lost its capacity to impress), that actually get offended when someone insists on kissing their hands.
Here in Brazil this is very commonplace: when the priest meets one of his parishioners, he will prefer a pat on the back, to be friendly, like he’s good friends with the parishioner. All of the sacredness and holiness of meeting a priest of Christ is lost.
Rarely mentioned concerning the normal date of the Annunciation, March 25, is the Golden Legend.
Archbishop Jacobus de Voragine wrote about the Legend in 1275 where on this day occurred, but in different years:
It's only legend, but it's beautiful and will we really be all that surprised to find out that it is absolutely true?