America, the Jesuit magazine, published an interview with Cardinal Francis George as he prepares to cede pastoral responsibilities for the Archdiocese of Chicago to current Spokane Archbishop Blaise Cupich. The wide ranging interview touched upon secular hot button political issues, sacerdotal celibacy, clerical sexual abuse and the recent Synod of the Family.
But Cardinal George’s comments about Liturgy have particular as the third anniversary of the implementation of the New (Third) Translation of the Roman Missal approaches.
During a campaign swing in Wisconsin, President Barack Obama urged those assembled (before they left early) to go out and vote early. Mr. Obama made a slight slip of the tongue which he tried to convert to a bon mot by doing a variation of the “vote early, vote often” saw.
While this was probably an innocent slip of the tongue, it is worth considering the underlying message.
Vice President Joe Biden has been fulfilling his role as election attack dogs by scaring voters about the Tea Party to gin up liberal turnout. For those who may feel discouraged by the last minute besmirching and the specter of election fraud–let not your hearts be troubled. Remember what Hugh Hewitt wisely wrote: If It’s Not Close, They Can’t Cheat.