Turning St. Peter’s Basilica into a projection screen for climate change panic propaganda

 The ‘light show’ yesterday, on a Solemn Feast of Our Blessed Lady’s Immaculate Conception has caused much dismay. Father Z comments in a much more eloquent way than I would.

UPDATE 8 Dec 2015 GMT:

I pulled up the live stream of the webcam over St. Peter’s Square.

The facade of San Pietro…


I am trying to imagine what St. Peter would think about this.

Based on his anger toward priests who misused sacred vessels and did not provide for the dignity of the sacred mysteries, I am trying to what St. Francis of Assisi would express at the use of the basilica housing the tomb of Peter this way.

As I watch, there are different images of animals, bugs, lizards, birds with the corresponding critter noises, punctuated by sound effects, new age zings and zoongs.  It’s like the LSD psycho tunnel at the Detroit airport.   But… it’s St. Peter’s.

And, of course.. the baby seal…


I haven’t seen any human beings yet.  Remember… we aren’t part of nature.

Okay… as I wrote that… they showed human hands planting a tree.


That’s a good human, I guess and not a Mother Earth destroying virus.


When they came to this, with the obligatory roar, I didn’t think of the inscription on the base of the obelisk at the center of the piazza, but rather:

Sobrii estote vigilate quia adversarius vester diabolus tamquam leo rugiens circuit quaerens quem devoret cui resistite fortes fide scientes eadem passionum ei quae in mundo est vestrae fraternitati fieri… Be sober and watch: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour. Whom resist ye, strong in faith: knowing that the same affliction befalls, your brethren who are in the world.

The “show” finally cycled around to a few people (not city dwellers mind you).

____ ORIGINAL Dec 8, 2015 @ 01:30

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?

What’s next?  A change to the Litany of Loreto?  St. John Paul II inserted two titles of Mary into the Litany by which we invoke her intercession… Holy Mary… “Mother of the Church” and “Queen of the Family”.  What looms on our horizon now?

Holy Mary, innocent of carbon footprint… pray for us.
Holy Mary, conceived without climate change… pray for us.

This has gone beyond ridiculous.  The next thing you know, we’ll be told that we have to give obsequium religiosum to observations about air-conditioning or off the cuff remarks about changes in the weather.

We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God; despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.


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11 Responses to Turning St. Peter’s Basilica into a projection screen for climate change panic propaganda

  1. But what can we expect from a pope who begins his “Year of Mercy” with the threat that anyone who criticizes him suffers the penalty of automatic excommunication?

    At this point, though, can anything that this pope does surprise, shock, startle, bewilder, or scandalize anyone?

  2. Michael says:

    To be fair Robert, it was Archbishop Rino Fisichella that drastically misinterpreted (or rather added to – I don’t think what he said really deserves the word ‘interpretation’) Canon 1370, not the Holy Father. There’s a good list of things that Fisichella may deem worthy of excommunication in this article:


  3. mmvc says:

    Archbishop Fisichella would do well to turn to Ed Peters for elucidation:

  4. Michael says:

    mmvc @ 16:45:

    He would indeed! I think Ed Peters should be required reading for the ‘St Gallen group’ as well 🙂

  5. Michael, I want to be fair to Archbishop Fisichella too. So after considering all of the reliable reports of the pope’s repeated intervention in – and manipulation of – the synods in 2014 and 2015, I can’t help but think the pope is aware of everything those close to him say and do. So I really wonder if Archbishop Fisichella would dare offer such an “interpretation” without the pope’s prior approval.

  6. Michael says:

    Robert @ 16:53:

    I understand your concerns, and I’m sure that Pope Francis is aware of much that goes on around him. However, I just think that assuming he knows in advance everything anyone in the Holy See might say, or that he has to approve all public statements by Vatican officials might be taking things a tad too far.

  7. Gertrude says:

    Pope Francis is a Jesuit. He also has a reputation for manipulation. I cannot for one minute imagine that he did not know what Archbishop Fisichella was up to. However, I have decided not to comment further on this papcy. I am probably on the Holy Father’s list of excommunicationists as it is.

    I have just had confirmation:
    LifeSiteNews.com We have now learned that Pope Francis watched the entire show and that he did indeed personally approve the project.

  8. Robert says:

    Our Lord stood in front of Herod at the time of His Passion.
    No doubt Herod wanted to be entertained and amused sic a Miracle!
    Our Lord was silent!!!
    Beware the Silence of Christ!!
    2000 years ago they wanted a sign! Well haven’t there been enough signs?

  9. ginnyfree says:

    Trash. Trash. And more trash. I think the first picture looks like a demon face, not a lemur or monkey or whatever it is. Not much different from Obama using the White House for a Rainbow. I think if I’d have been there watching, I’d have wept. I wouldn’t have been able NOT to. God bless. Ginnyfree.

  10. kathleen says:

    Robert John @ 16:28 yesterday

    At this point, though, can anything that this pope does surprise, shock, startle, bewilder, or scandalize anyone?

    To be honest, I hope we will continue to be surprised, shocked, startled, bewildered and even scandalised by the words and actions of Pope Francis, for this would indicate that we still retain our beliefs in real Catholicism and its practices, and that we adamantly oppose this attempt to secularise Christ’s Church in every single new outrage! It won’t make it any easier to suffer them of course, and this Pope’s methods will continue to be our ‘cross’, but at least we will know we are not being swept along on those tides of worldliness he advocates so persistently.

    The two first comments on Father Z’s above article on his blog are very pertinent and worth repeating, as I think they sum up so well this whole sorry latest fiasco, and remind us once more of the ongoing sad plight of the FFI:

    “I wonder if, beside all the penguins, koala bears and white tigers they will project a photograph of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate onto the facade? They surely are an endangered species by now. And it’s their feast day…


    “More of the same from a BOR that appears to want notoriety, acceptance and celebrity from the secular world and media. “Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious. It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops, like bishops, and your religious act like religious.” –Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, 1972

  11. Michael says:

    Gertrude @ 18:33, December 9th:

    I don’t deny that it is possible, or even likely, that the Holy Father knew what Archbishop Fisichella was up to (though I do have reservations about his knowing every single thing a given prelate is about to say in a public statement). All I am saying is that to associate every thing that anyone at the Vatican says with the express views of the Pope, regardless of whether we think it is something he might be likely to condone, is not a wise principle upon which to operate, especially when we already have plenty of well-established controversy to be going on with already.

    As for his approval of the ridiculous, inappropriate and (given where and when it was displayed) irreverent lightshow, I don’t doubt that for a second – this is something that would have to have had his approval to go ahead at all, and he has already made it very clear that unequivocal support for climate-change politics is a priority of his pontificate. Here’s a good list of points made by Fr. Ed Tomlinson on the show itself:


    And some more light relief from Bruvver Eccles (regarding the Fisichella statement):


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