"When therefore you shall see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place: he that readeth let him understand." Matthew 26:15, Douay-Reims
Will next week's planned light-show farce be the abomination about which Our Lord prophesied? While we hope not, that is a possibility that I wouldn't be quick to dismiss. What cannot be disputed that it will be a true abomination, a deliberate foisting of profanation and idolatry upon St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
I first saw the news in LifeSiteNews. This farce, spearheaded by the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization and its head, Archbishop Fisichella, is scheduled to happen on December 8th, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and is meant to usher in the "year of mercy". The main theme of the garish spectacle will be environmentalism. In the words of Fisichella, "these illuminations will present images inspired of mercy, of humanity, of the natural world and of climate changes".
LifeSiteNews uncovered the plethora of progressive and pro-abortion organizations that have their hands in the production of the idolatry. Several of them are named after Roman and Greek idols; I refer you to the LifeSiteNews link for further details on these. I'd also suggest you take a look at this anthology of posts I've done over the years concerning environmentalism. Included in these posts is an expose done by Michael Voris a few years ago detailing the anti-life and idolatrous underpinnings of environmentalism. What will happen in a few days ago is nothing short of a celebration of idolatry, and it literally will be thrust upon the facade of St. Peter's Basilica.
If this is what Fisichella considers to be part and parcel of "new evangelism", perhaps the "new evangelism" needs to be pitched in the trash. The "old evangelism" worked quite well until progressives infested the clergy with the sort of modernist trash that will sully the image of the Vatican next week. When that is expunged from the Church, the truth can be proclaimed with clarity and no gimmicks. Then we'll see conversions.
The fact that the debacle is occurring on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception is also a supreme insult to Our Lady. But there could be a silver lining on that cloud. That day is a Holy Day of Obligation. Let's offer up our Mass that day in reparation for the profanation and idolatry that will have occurred. We can also storm heaven now for a miracle that will prevent this scandal.