Wednesday, March 02, 2005

The Feast of St. Chad, Bishop
is today. There is information on him here. I find this particular quote from the webmaster interesting:

I still get email from visitors asking if Chad is the patron of elections, disputes, disputed elections, losers, or some other element related to 2000's disputed American presidential election. I have absolutely no evidence that there are patrons of elections, and certainly none that Chad has anything to do with it. It was not until 31 October 2000 that politicians and elected officials received a patron, and that's Saint Thomas More. Times were rough in 7th century England, but I have no record of Chad hanging, dangling, dimpled or pregnant. As you see above, he was involved in a disputed election, but no patronage tradition resulted. Also note that when a dispute arose, Chad stepped aside for the greater good. Wish some of our current politicians had such grace; but no one ever accused them of being saints....

The cathedral of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, England, is St. Chad's Cathedral. Venerable Newman preached there several times.


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