The following comes from an October 28 Angelus article by R.W. Dellinger:
“Pope Francis is urging us to see migrants and immigrants as brothers and sisters, and human beings,” Auxiliary Bishop David G. O’Connell told more than 400 lawyers, judges, legislators and other law professionals at the 33rd annual Red Mass on Oct. 20 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.
“He is calling us especially as believers to have that compassion, to go out to the street to listen, to look and to be touched by the sufferings of others,” he said.
The Red Mass — first celebrated in Paris in 1245 and from the time of Edward I in England at Westminster Abbey — is offered each year at the start of the judicial year. In the United States, the first Red Mass was celebrated in New York City on Oct. 6, 1928. Today, the liturgy in Washington, D.C., opens the new term of the U.S. Supreme Court. In the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, it’s sponsored by the St. Thomas More Society.
Two by two, judges from L.A. superior courts and U.S. district courts dressed in scarlet robes led the opening procession down the cathedral’s center aisle, with an honor guard from the Knights of Columbus Color Corps. They were followed by members from the Order of Malta, Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem and other groups walking to the organ-driven cadence of the hymn “All Creatures of Our God and King.”
Auxiliary Bishop Edward W. Clark presided at the late afternoon Tuesday Mass. After, he spoke about being present at Pope Francis’ recent visit to Washington, New York City and Philadelphia.
“In his talk to us bishops, Pope Francis reminded us to be gentle pastors and to avoid harsh and divisive language,” recalled Bishop Clark. “He said to dialogue with people, not to be a part of divisive language. And that struck me very much when I heard those words.”
In her closing remarks, Associate Justice Carol A. Corrigan of the California Supreme Court said, “Tonight we all unite in our belief that the spiritual dimension is important in our lives and in our work. … If our faith is a covenant with God, the law is a covenant among us as Californians, as Americans, as people who enact intent upon the law.”