Ordinary Catholics are thrilled… but some of the clergy are pissed off.
Seriously people? What were those idols doing there in the first place?
Do they suppose God been somehow coy or unclear about his attitude to his followers showing deference to foreign gods?
Police are treating it as a ‘theft’, while clergy are calling it ‘a stunt’.
Many ordinary believers see it as removing something unholy and obnoxious to God out of a sacred space.
A video has been posted online showing a man taking so-called “Pachamama” statues from the church of Santa Maria in Transpontina in Rome and throwing them in the River Tiber.
The YouTube video shows an unidentified man removing the statues from the church before placing them on the edge of the Ponte Sant’Angelo and pushing them into the river below. The description indicates that the events took place on the morning of Monday, October 21.
The figure has generated great controversy since first appearing at a tree-planting ceremony at the start of the synod. A woman presented it to the Pope as “Our Lady of the Amazon”, but the photo agency Getty described it as a statue of “Pachamama”, an Andean goddess.
Source: Catholic Herald
What did Ezekiel say in the prophecies where God was building a case for why he was right and just to send his people into captivity?
They’re calling it a figure of Mary? Seriously, does anyone believe that?
And he said to me, “Go in and see the wicked and detestable things they are doing here.” 10 So I went in and looked, and I saw portrayed all over the walls all kinds of crawling things and unclean animals and all the idols of Israel. — Ezekiel 8:9
Too ‘old school’ for ya?
Alright, then — let’s look to the words of Peter, (1 Peter 4) since he holds a very special place in Catholic history:
Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 3 For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.
Does that sound like Peter would have been cool with throwing a wooden Amazonian idol on the altar?
The early church went to prison and horrible deaths rather than even give lip service to the Emporer being Lord… could you even imagine them countenancing idols as part of the worship service?
In Ephesus, a silversmith and idol-maker named Demetrius whipped up a mob, giving a speech about how Paul was destroying their business.
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