Well, actually, I have no wisdom. But I have pens. Every booth here is giving away free pens. Which is appropriate, since the Catholic Media Convention is in Pen-nsylvania. Heh.
The days here in Pittsburgh have been more crowded than I anticipated. I’ve fallen behind on blogging — but have had wonderful opportunities to spend quality time with some of the fine folks from Our Sunday Visitor, the National Catholic Register, Magnificat and bunch of writers and editors from some of the best Catholic newspapers and magazines in America. (Shared a table and downed a Guinness one night with Elizabeth Scalia and John Norton, from OSV – and you couldn’t ask for better company or livelier conversation.)
Last night, Cardinal Donald Wuerl celebrated mass for us at St. Paul Cathedral, and we enjoyed a wonderful dinner at the Carnegie Museum, where Cardinal John Foley gave the keynote, laced with wisdom and wit. He told us it was his first trip since he’d returned to the states, where he’s being treated for leukemia; while he looked frailer, and had to deliver his talk seated, he has lost none of his charm. After a glowing introduction that paid tribute to his life and work, Cardinal Foley thanked everyone and replied, “It’s nice to be canonized without the inconvenience of actually having to die.” It was great. (Quote of the night: once, when asked about the difference between the secular media and Catholic media, the good cardinal replied, “The secular media covers the crashes. We cover the landings.”)
Meantime…if you haven’t caught it yet, John Corapi has another statement over at The Black Sheepdog.
And Michael Voris has some thoughts on the Corapi story, too.
I’ve been reading comments here, and trying to keep track of who’s saying what. I’m sure there’s other stuff out there, but I honestly haven’t had time to check around. Maybe later today.