Politics as Substitute Religion

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Father Z uses the S word:

I thought I could just let it pass… but I can’t.

On 8 December (Feast of the Immaculate Conception) at 7 pm climate-change zealots will be allowed to project a light show entitled “Illuminating Our Common Home” onto the facade of St. Peter’s Basilica in order to “educate and inspire change around the climate crisis across generations, cultures, languages, religions and class,” a press release states.

On the opening of the Year of Mercy?

Why not rent out the Sistine chapel too, while they’re at it? HERE

The Vatican basilica is a consecrated building.  This is a non-sacred use – in fact it is an irreverent use – of a consecrated building.

St. Peter’s is, without question, a sacred place and object (a very large one, too!).  It is, without question, dedicated by the Church to sacred purposes.  The use of this sacred building and place (where St. Peter was martyred and buried, a pilgrimage place, etc. etc. etc.) as a projection screen for mere secular purposes is irreverent treatment.

From The Catholic Dictonary:

Sacrilege: “The irreverent treatment of sacred things, persons or places, i.e., those dedicated by God or the Church to sacred purposes.  It is a sin against the virtue of religion, of its nature grave, but admitting smallness of matter. Sacrilege may be either personal, as when violence is done to a cleric or religious; local, as when certain crimes are committed or actions done in a church; real, as by the abuse of sacraments, the theft of sacred objects or their irreverent misuse and the sin of simony. These varieties of the sin differ specifically from one another.”

And… on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception?  Really?

 

Go here to read the rest.  Hey, but if you are upset at the Vatican prostituting itself before a secular agenda that has bupkis to do with Catholicism, the fault must be yours.  Francis is a perfectly orthodox Pope, at least that is what William Doino says in a First Things post, go here to read it.  Now who are you going to believe, your lying eyes or Catholic commenters who tell you that all is well?

 

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14 Comments

  1. The creation as a manifestation of the divine is a perennial theme in Catholic poets down the ages, although few have expressed it better than Alexander Pope:-
    “All are but parts of one stupendous whole,
    Whose body Nature is, and God the soul;
    That, changed through all, and yet in all the same;
    Great in the earth, as in the ethereal frame;
    Warms in the sun, refreshes in the breeze,
    Glows in the stars, and blossoms in the trees,
    Lives through all life, extends through all extent,
    Spreads undivided, operates unspent;
    Breathes in our soul, informs our mortal part,
    As full, as perfect, in a hair as heart:
    As full, as perfect, in vile man that mourns,
    As the rapt seraph that adores and burns:
    To him no high, no low, no great, no small;
    He fills, he bounds, connects, and equals all.”

  2. Italy where the Vatican is located gets the overwhelming majority of its electrical energy from burning fossil fuel. There is some import of Frend nuclar electricity in the north. But Italy denuked itself after fears of Chernobyl in the early 90s, never mind the fact that Italy did not possess the type of reactor – a light water cooled and boiling reactor moderated by graphite with a positive void co-efficient of reactivity – that could undergo the kind of accident which happened at Chernobyl. So does the Pope realize exactly how may tons of CO2 he will be authorizing to release into the atmosphere from the fossil fuel burning for the electricity used to supply energy to his light show?
    .
    Liberal progressive Argentinian Peronist! He knows zero science, zero engineering, and obviously has zero respect for Catholic tradition. He and Obama deserve each other.

  3. I think it likely that the people running this pontificate see this as a twofer —
    they get cred as super-caring social justice warriors so the elites of the secular
    left might let them sit at the cool kid’s table, and they get to stick their thumb in
    the eye of those tradition-loving Catholics they not-so-secretly cannot stand.
    .
    Now that I think of it, I’m surprised they haven’t done something like this sooner.

  4. Methinks, this global warming nonsense is not so much about sanctifying the AGW political agenda of the left, as it is about good old ecumenism. After all, we need to be “merciful” to those who worship Gaia too.
    By tomorrow, they’ll come up with a new trick to confuse us all.
    I do love it when they go too far, and paganizing Michelangelo’s dome on the house of Peter does just that.
    Even the most radical of the naïve deniers among Catholics must soon begin to see the corruption within our Holy Church.

  5. My impression of Mr. Doino is that he’s given to whistling past the graveyard. (I think our friend Mr. Price uses the term ‘normalcy bias’). His fancies are that nothing is amiss because there are limits to how blatant Francis elects to be.

  6. But will what replaces them be worse?

    I was blindsided by how wretched is Francis, so I would not lay any predictions there. In re Obama, Hillary is much more energetically crooked, and her husband is a threat; Mooch just spends like a drunken sailor and stuffs whole wheat bread down the throats of unwilling children, so the threat from that quarter is circumscribed.

  7. In the 1951 movie version of a Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, one ‘ghost’ scene shows two youngsters with no vitality. Scrooge is told that the boy is called Ignorance and the girl, Want; and that Ignorance is the most dangerous .

    .
    Under the influence of the aforementioned two leaders, the balance and beauty in Alexander Pope’s poem is in jeopardy as regards man. Young and old seem to have contracted a pandemic virus that sickens heart, mind and soul; and the two ‘caregivers’ are helping the contagion.

  8. Patricia wrote, “Scrooge is told that the boy is called Ignorance and the girl, Want; and that Ignorance is the most dangerous…”

    I often find myself recalling Lord Acton’s words, “Liberty, next to religion, has been the motive of good deeds and the common pretext of crime, from the sowing of the seed at Athens, two thousand four hundred and sixty years ago, until the ripened harvest was gathered by men of our race. It is the delicate fruit of a mature civilisation; and scarcely a century has passed since nations, that knew the meaning of the term, resolved to be free. In every age its progress has been beset by its natural enemies, by ignorance and superstition, by lust of conquest and by love of ease, by the strong man’s craving for power, and the poor man’s craving for food.”

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