Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Me thinks he doth protest too much.

Rorate Caeli reports that the Bishop of Caserta, Raffaele Nogaro, on Sunday evening called Father Giovanni Battista Gionti, the rector of the Shrine of Saint Anne of Casertam, "and ordered him to suspend the celebration" (TLM).

Apparently, this guy lets muslims and schismatics use his facilities for their worship:

"Who grants the diocesan structure of the Tent of Abraham to Muslims for the Friday prayers and the chapel adjacent to the Cathedral of Caserta to the Ukrainian and Moldavian Orthodox."

So it's ok for non-Catholics to use it for their non-Catholic worship, but heaven forbid if a treasure of Catholic heritage is celebrated there. . . Here's what he had to say for himself:

"Right - he says - because to help people pray is an honorable effort. While to grumble in Latin does not serve any purpose whatsoever.

"The faithful must be offered something which is valuable and educational, not occasions of disorientation. And I maintain that numbing them with sacred images is only choreography and roleplaying. A useless aesthetic object which does not convey anything."

Ok, so how does Arabic, Slavonic, or Romanian help the Italians in Italy, if Latin does not? Where does he get off saying, "...is only choreography and roleplaying"? Say the black, do the red. That is your job. What is he so affraid of?


paramedicgirl said...

Grumbling in Latin? I guess the Church has been wrong for centuries then. All those Latin prayers have gone to waste, using his logic. Good of the wonderful bishop to finally bring us into the light, isn't it?

Where oh where is that roll eyes icon when you need it????

Unitas said...

haha yeah I like that icon too.

Ever read AA-1025?

It's story is rather fantastic, but I've yet to hear decent arguments againt its credibility.

Even if it's fiction, it's still certainly plausible.

I think that book was written to warn us about the agenda of guys like him.