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"Archbishop Sean": The Globe has an extensive package of coverage on the new archbishop, while AP has a video report. Yahoo has a photo roundup. New England Cable News has clips from today's installation ceremony, and Channel 7, video of the homily. Local commentary is provided by Tom Fitzpatrick, who applauds today's sermon and wishes the new prelate the best, but isn't too keen on the "Call Me Archbishop Sean" aspect.
Random observations: It was an impressive assemblage, and the new archbishop appears to have hit the right notes. Majestic it wasn't intended to be – and it wasn't. The thought did occur that having a universal language of worship like Latin would eliminate the perceived need to offer readings and intercessory prayers in languages ranging from Creek Indian to Urdu. One wonders what value sign-language interpretation at the front of the church has for any deaf worshipers seated at the back. The "Celtic Alleluia" can be retired now, thank you very much. And oh, for the sight of a fiddleback chasuble, or a classic sense, appropriate to the occasion, of ceremonial.
On the plus side, some of the kooks holding signs were welcoming. And the question of the day: Did they go to communion or not?