By Fox, Tom
National Catholic Reporter , Vol. 29, No. 40
To the right of the Broadway bridge, on the road from the Kansas City airport, near downtown Kansas City, Mo., large billboard letters spell out a hearty welcome to Archbishop James P. Keleher and Bishop Raymond J. Boland of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas and Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph respectively. In a seemingly unprecedented coincidence, two prelates in one metropolitan area were installed in successive evenings last week.
Keleher, 62, who comes from the Belleville, Ill, diocese, was installed Sept. 8 and succeeds retiring Archbishop Ignatius J. Strecker. Boland, 61, who comes from the Birmingham, Ala., diocese, took his episcopal chair the following night, succeeding Bishop John Sullivan, who stepped down for health reasons.
Who does one feel worse for? The woman who portrayed Jesus in a mime performance of the Stations of the Cross during World Youth Day or the self-appointed keepers of faith who have castigated her and the troupe for it. Oh, to lead dreary, rigid, joyless lives!
The mime troupe performed the stations at Mile High Stadium Aug. 13 before 70,000, including Cardinal Eduardo Pironio, president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity. The 23-year-old actor, Christina Brown, played Christ because, it was explained, she "looked very much like the standard Renaissance portrayals of Jesus. …