Some of you beloved readers have traveled with me on pilgrimage to Rome.
If you have, you will remember our visit to the Vatican offices of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith.
Our host, who once taught me in the seminary, is being promoted to Archbishop! This is good, good news. Really, really good news.
Father DiNoia will be ordained a bishop at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington on Saturday, July 11…
…”Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” (Hamlet, Act I, scene 4)
One of Hamlet’s companions utters this line when the ghost of Hamlet’s dead father, the king, appears.
What is rotten? A lot.
Hamlet’s uncle secretly poisoned the king. Then he married the queen. He reigns as king–a fratricidal killer, a usurper of the throne, and an incestuous adulterer.
Meanwhile, everyone thinks that the old king died of a snakebite. Young Hamlet alone knows the truth.
When the ghost charges Hamlet to avenge the murder, Hamlet laments: “The time is out of joint: O cursed spite, that ever I was born to set it right!”
It is Hamlet’s mission to vindicate the truth. Two acts later, he reiterates his lament, which I quoted for you on Sunday.
The problem is, ghosts are real. Hamlet is NOT crazy.
He puts on an “antic disposition” because he is the one truth-seeking individual in a corrupt royal court. Hamlet is the most sympathetic literary character of all time.
When Hamlet dies, Horatio says: “Now cracks a noble heart. Good night sweet prince.” (Act V, Scene 2)
Noble and sweet, Hamlet. Not crazy.