Pope Francis has recently said that the media has been "looking for things that are old news, and have already been dealt with, and bringing them to light today." He said this kind of sensationalized, defamatory and unbalanced journalism is a "grave sin that hurts the heart of the journalist and hurts others."
While I agree that calumny and defamation are evil and sinful, there is certainly a great advantage, in my opinion, for people with the attention span of a gnat to be able to re-visit old stories that re-frame how we view new stories.
So, in the light of the Pope's recent interview, and in Christmas charity, I won't be bringing up things like when Pope Francis said "There is no Catholic God", or when he said Mary thought about yelling at an angel at the foot of the cross "Liar! I was deceived." Or that time he got a Crucifix fashioned as a Communist hammer and sickle. Or his dereliction of duty in the face of Dubia about the reception of the sacraments by the divorced and "remarried." And I definitely don't want to mention the unprecedented filial correction on the propagation of heresy.
No, I don't want to talk about any of that "old" stuff. Let's talk about something new!
Let's talk about the Vatican's new, improved, dynamic and innovative Nativity...
Maybe it's just me, but this nativity resembles Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" ride more than the central moment in history where God became man.
The "theme" for this year's nativity is the Seven Corporal Works of Mercy. The Pope explained:
“This year’s Nativity scene, executed in the typical style of Neapolitan art, is inspired by the works of mercy. They remind us that the Lord has told us: ‘Whatever you wish men to do to you, you also do to them’ (Mt 7.12). The crib is the suggestive place where we contemplate Jesus Who, taking upon Himself the miseries of man, invites us to do likewise, through acts of mercy.”
What I'm missing is why there needs to be a theme in the first place? Why can't we just celebrate the birth of Our Lord? Why does everything have to be changed?
These are all rhetorical questions, of course, because we should already know the answers. "They" (whoever "they" are) will not stop until everything of the Catholic religion is completely destroyed. Traditions must be uprooted, continual distractions must be put in place, and there can be absolutely nothing left that even barely resembles the "old religion" for fear that the faithful might rise up against the rising tide of sin, degeneracy, globalism, and slavery engulfing the world. The "New World Order" types fear a strong Catholicism, because strong Catholics would never allow "them" to destroy our countries, our cultures, and our souls. Ultimately, this is why all the natural defense systems of the Church were done away with at Vatican II, and the people were sedated by the opiate-like "smoke of satan."
The Nativity, designed by Antonio Cantone who has been designing Nativities for the church for a few years, was intended to be controversial. Cantone said:
“It is not a campy nativity; it is particular and makes you think... It leaves no one indifferent; there are provocations.”
One group that did not remain indifferent on this nativity is the popular social media site Facebook, who disallowed advertising of a post containing a photograph of the scene. The Facebook page "Veritas Vincit International" posted the photo, as a means of critisicing it, only to have their ad rejected. The justification for this censorship? “Your ad can’t include images that are sexually suggestive or provocative.”
I'm not sure if it's more sad or funny that the website which has been a platform for ISIS recruitment, live streamed suicide videos, pedophilia, and all manner of smutty/pornographic posts, has finally found some twisted sense of morality in censoring this photograph. Frankly, I'm not so sure the nudity really was the problem for Facebook; maybe they were just upset that "Veritas Vincit International" was critical of this "artistic" decision of Francis - the radical left's dearly beloved Pope.
What's more, the controversial Nativity scene was donated by Abbey of Montevergine, which LifeSite News has recently exposed as a center of Homosexualist Activism.
According to LifeSite:
[...]The Abbey of Montevergine, which donated the innovative ‘Nativity of Mercy,’ houses the Marian image that has been adopted as patroness by LGBT activists in Italy. The abbey shrine is the annual destination of a sort of sacred and profane “ancestral gay pride” pilgrimage which, according to one LGBT activist, in recent years has gained the “active, political participation of the LGBT community.”
An official of the Vatican’s Governorate has told LifeSiteNews that the abbey of Montevergine initially proposed the original idea for the ‘Nativity of Mercy.’ The Vatican discussed and developed a more detailed design with the abbey, then submitted final plans to the Secretary of State and Pope Francis for approval, which was duly granted.
In an interview with LifeSite, Antonello Sannini, president of homosexual activist group Arcigay Naples said:
“The presence of the Vatican Nativity Scene for us is a reason to be even happier this year [...] For the homosexual and transsexual community in Naples, it is an important symbol of inclusion and integration.”
The Vatican has thus far declined comment on this radical nativity, but Italian Church historian Roberto de Mattei has not remained silent:
[...] de Mattei of the Lepanto Foundation sees this as the latest attempt to “paganize Italy and Europe” through indirect means, in what he calls “soft neo-paganization.”
This involves choosing places of Christian worship “to return them to their pagan origins,” De Mattei explained, sending Christianity back into the age of catacombs where it was persecuted by the pagans. The LGBT movement is not only political or cultural but a “religious movement” with pagan characteristics, he added. “This should not surprise us, because sex was also at the center of many pagan cults,” De Mattei said. “This therefore portends a new neo-pagan persecution of those who remain faithful to Catholicism.”
De Mattei noted that next year marks 50 years since the cultural, or sexual, revolution of 1968, and he believes it is now being “transformed into a religious revolution” where sex is still at the center, but being “transformed into a divinity intended to replace Christianity.”