· Cardinal Georges Cottier's funeral in St Peter's Basilica ·
On Saturday morning, 2 April, Pope Francis presided at the Rite of Committal and final Commendation at the Altar of the Chair, at the end of the funeral celebration for the Swiss Dominican Cardinal, Georges Marie Martin Cottier, Theologian emeritus to the Papal Household, who passed away on Thursday, 31 March. The Funeral Mass was celebrated by Dean of the College of Cardinals, Angelo Sodano. In his homily, the Cardinal recalled that “he was a theologian who was able to 'see what was invisible', as the Letter to the Hebrews speaks of Moses in the desert (11:27)”. Moreover, the Dean proceeded, Cottier “was a bard of the Christian faith, who saw everything 'with the eyes of the faith'”, a phrase he liked to use. Certainly, the celebrant observed, “as a great thomistic theologian, he recognized the value of human reason and often referred to an image used by John Paul II in his Encyclical Fides et Ratio: 'Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth'”. The Dean continued, “I like to remember these words today, 2 April, the 11th anniversary of the holy death of Pope John Paul II”. And “along this line, Cottier,” he said, “taught theology in various university chairs and for 15 years as the Papal Theologian. The service that he rendered the Church was truly immense”. The Dean concluded the homily with a wish that, “he might teach us too to be witnesses to the world today that Christ is always the way, the truth, and the life”.
St. Peter’s Square
Feb. 18, 2019
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