Having always been a lover of sport, when I have time I snatch a few minutes (or more!) to watch the exciting sporting events unfolding at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The wonderful achievements of the athletes after their years of hard work and suffering in preparation for these games are simply amazing.
It is also interesting that this year, the Olympics, taking place in Rio de Janeiro, the whole event is being celebrated beneath the huge, 30 metre tall, open-armed statue of Christ the Redeemer, this very symbol of true peace for Mankind. So surely the Pope would make some reference to this in his video of the “prayer intentions” for the month of August – right?
Nope! Not one single mention of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Redeemer of Mankind, as the real herald of peace in this one and a half minute video about “sport”!
Yes, unbelievable but true: Pope Francis totally ignored this fact in his prayer intentions for the month of August! According to Francis, peace in the world is brought about through friendly sporting activities, and nothing about the Saving Sacrifice on Calvary of Our Redeemer, and of Whom the angels’ had announced as bringing, “Peace to all Men of good will”.
In fact, his call to “peace” had nothing Catholic, or even Christian, about it at all! His talk of “encounter”, “human dignity”, “fraternity” could have been pronounced by one of the French Revolutionaries, or simply by a pagan to other pagans, and it would have fitted the bill. It is truly shameful that this nondescript message to the Catholic faithful was delivered by none other than the Pope, Christ’s Vicar on Earth! His startling omission of the Holy Name is deeply disturbing.
In light of how in our day and age, with dire growing threats from Secular Atheism and crazed Militant Islamists, it is the height of insanity to ignore invoking the Most Holy Name of the true King of Peace!