Saturday, January 05, 2008

Catholic questions in Trivial Pursuit

Six of us were playing it tonight. We all had different areas of expertise (the guy who knew geography beat the rest of us hands down), but we were all kinda hoping for some Catholic questions. And we got one: "What controversial Mexican priest became the first indigenous Latin American to be canonized, in 2002?" The wording may be off but that was the gist of it. No one knew the answer. And that turned out to be because the question was completely wrong! It was supposed to be about Saint Juan Diego. I doubt he was controversial, but anyway he sure as heck wasn't ever a priest, as all of us knew.

So that was a disappointment, but at least we got another one, about how Cardinal O'Connor nixed a public funeral for John Gotti in New York on the grounds that large crowds might destroy the reverence.

2 comments:

Athanasius contra mundum said...

Personally, I think its odd how it can take centuries to canonize St Juan Diego, even though he played a large role in evangelizing Latin America, when St Maximillian Kolbe for example took just a few decades.

Rachel Gray said...

Yeah, I don't know why Juan Diego had to wait so long, but there were plenty of fabulous European saints who weren't canonized for centuries after their deaths either. I think JPII was more forward than most popes about fast-tracking canonizations; both Diego and Kolbe got sainted during his tenure...