Monday, October 21, 2019
Vatican wonks are getting their undies bunched because faithful Catholics stood up to their idolatry and sacrilege against a Catholic Church. That church houses the Blessed Sacrament and most likely relics of some saints, and they were inexcusably profaned by blatant violations of the First Commandment.
Notice Ruffini's last sentence: "I don't know what else to say except that it was a theft, and perhaps that speaks for itself." Theft? Well, not in terms of Catholic moral theology. If Ruffini has been busy botching up the First Commandment, he may not realize what constitutes "theft". Again, in traditional Catholic moral theology, theft is "the taking of another's property against the reasonable will of that other". The operative word here is "reasonable". The possession of that property and its display in a church constituted the mortal sin of idolatry. Moreover, a sacred space was desecrated. The retention and usage of that "property", that is, the idolatrous pachamama statues, were by no means "reasonable". They had to be removed to restore some justice, to purify the Church even if only in part. The removal of the things was in fact most reasonable.
Are we ready to follow their example, should the occasion arise?