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.