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At Buckhorn's church, a reading by the candidate and a father's reminder to vote



Two days before Tampa's mayoral election, candidate Bob Buckhorn could be found where he is most Sunday mornings: Christ the King Catholic Church in South Tampa. Buckhorn and his family belong to the church, where he also serves as a lector.

It's that role he played at 9 a.m. Mass on Sunday, giving a poignant second reading from 1 Corinthians 4:15. Poignant for a candidate for office, that is:

Thus should one regard us: as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Now it is of course required of stewards that they be found trustworthy. It does not concern me in the least that I be judged by you or any human tribunal; I do not even pass judgment on myself; I am not conscious of anything against me, but I do not thereby stand acquitted; the one who judges me is the Lord. Therefore, do not make any judgment before the appointed time, until the Lord comes, for he will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will manifest the motives of our hearts, and then everyone will receive praise from God.

As Father Len Plazewski later concluded Mass, he reminded parishioners of Tuesday's election and the importance of voting, all while sharing the altar with one of the five candidates, though never mentioning him by name. After all, that would be campaigning.

[Last modified: Sunday, February 27, 2011 11:27am]


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