I find this quite astounding.
Here is a Rome Reports snip on the plans for the American bishops to honour Pope Benedict on the 60th Anniversary of his priestly ordination. That’s pretty well par for the course, but the “astounding” thing is that this snip is actually film footage OF Joseph Ratzinger’s priestly ordination in 1951. Today we take for granted the fact that ordinations are filmed and every priest has footage of his own ordination. But was that usual in the early 50’s?
Given the happy fact therefore that Ratzinger’s ordination was recorded for the sake of posterity (surely the first film footage we have of the priestly ordination of a future pope), it is even more astounding that, during the procession of newly ordained priests, the camera actually zooms in and follows Ratzinger in the group. It’s like someone back then knew that this footage would be historically significant at some stage in the future.
Astounding. Even perhaps a little spooky.