I think that the Benedictines have infiltrated the Church.
Everywhere I go these days, I meet some Benedictine connection. Of course, it may have to do with the fact that there is a Benedictine College nearby with Benedictine priests and Brothers - and Benedictine Sisters, for good measure. It may be that many of our Sisters and many of the staff at St. James are Benedictine graduates, but I don't think so.
St. Gregory the Great was Benedictine. Pope Benedict XVI - the connection is obvious.
They are everywhere.
And now, it seems, we are "Benedictine Franciscans."
Not really, of course, but since our Sisters are attending school at Benedictine, we are on campus for a number of activities and events. I know the fight song and the Alma Mater better than those of either of the Universities I attended. And I find myself referring far too often to Sister M. Catherine and Sister M. Hedwig as "the Benedictines." It is really contagious.
Recently, "the Benedictines" have had two very blessed experiences at the institution of higher education which takes St. Benedict as its primary patron saint. Archbishop Pietro Sambi visited the campus and celebrated Mass and spoke to the students.
A week later, Archbishop Joseph Naumann visited to bless Mary's Grotto.
Needless to say, they both left as covert Benedictines. (Archbishop Sambi even has the beanie. photo #39)