From faithful Catholics who should know better, I am hearing a lot of nitpicking about what they did. They are being criticized for not burning or smashing the idols first. To you who are mouthing such nonsense, please think. They didn't have the time for all that. They had to be quick about what they did lest they be apprehended.
You may be hearing nonsense that the filth was recovered. Nonsense. The idolaters most likely had other things they they are daring to place in St Peter's Basilica.Instead of carping on those young men, let's pray for their safety and that we may all display similar courage and piety.
LifeSiteNews has the full text of the pope's announcement regarding their alleged recovery. Please note some things:
- The pope is calling the things "pachamama statues". He's got that one thing right. This is important because some who insist on defending the idolatry are trying to spin the situation by claiming that the things are somehow a representation of the Blessed Mother. I hope the pope's admission puts to rest that fairy tale.
- He asked pardon of the people "offended by the act (of removal)". Will he ask pardon of us who are offended by their presence? More importantly, will he ask pardon of God?
- He mentioned "the display of the statues at the closing Mass of the synod" followed with a coy "we'll see". So does that mean pachamama idols will be placed in the Bascilica of St Peter? Will we see idolatry even there?
Think of this, fellow Catholics! The pope, the Vicar of Christ, will be facilitating idolatry in St Peter's Bascilia! This is a supreme outrage, and this outrage will no doubt be repeated in Churches throughout the world, in some fashion or another.
In the very likely event that we see similar acts of idolatry in our own local churches, what are we prepared to do?