Dear friends and enemies of Stilum Curiae, Gian Pietro Caliari shares with us this sad - and somewhat indignant - reflection on the Via Crucis that will take place in St. Peter's Square on Good Friday.
When reading the texts of the Way of the Cross that the highest authority of the Catholic Church will preside worldwide on this Good Friday, one is stunned and wonders who and what could have inspired such delirium.
They will say it was written by children! Exactly!
But then what catechism have these lovely children been taught? What kind of gospel have they been read and taught? What educators of the faith and of the Catholic faith have prepared, trained and accompanied you to write a text as important as it is relevant, given that it will have Urbi et Orbi resonance?
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church we can directly learn some essential contents of the Mystery of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
There is no trace (of the Catechism) in the politically correct Stations of the Cross of this Good Friday of the year of grace 2021.
On the contrary, some of the juxtapositions – in the introductory sentence (of this Via Crucis supposedly written by children), to limit ourselves to this one – to the Cross of Christ leave one dismayed:
“Only you know how hard it is for me to learn not to be afraid of the dark and all alone,” to wake up every morning having wet the bed, to speak as well as others, to get math problems right, to hear parents argue, to be made fun of, and to realize how many children are hungry, forced into armed conflict or exploited, says the meditations’ introduction. (catholicphilly.com/)
Of course, no one could pretend to introduce children – assuming that all this is the fruit of themselves! –The Passion by Mel Gibson or having them read the complete text of the Expositio Passionis Domini of St. Thomas More as a necessary and indispensable introduction to meditate on the Passion of Christ, but even passing from nocturnal diuresis to Calvary does not seem an adequate catechetical model.
When His Church –that only Church of Christ– disappears, and someone plays to create His Church - that much declaimed "church of Francis" - everything becomes a game of and for children, like this year's Stations of the Cross, in a year already so troubled."
|Blasphemous Stations of the Cross at World Youth Day in Krakow in 2016|
|Bergoglio replaces the Via Crucis with his heretical novelties.|