Darn gringos!

4 03 2008

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On a Catholic radio show, many people, including the host, chimed in on how they were unnerved by news of the exhumation of Padre Pio on the fortieth anniversary of his death. While they understood it on the intellectual level, they still found the idea unsavory.

Attitudes like that make me all the more pessimistic about the fate of the Church in this country. People can hoot all they want about how great it is to be Catholic and be triumphalistic about doctrine and apologetics. But when the rubber hits the road, and you have to whip out all of the blood and guts of the real Catholic Faith, people hesitate and are almost horrified by the ancient traditions of the Church.

One would wonder what the first inclinations of American Catholics would be when witnessing a martyrdom. I remember the case of Blessed Miguel Pro who was executed by the Masonic government in Mexico. I think his own family whipped out handkerchiefs to soak up the blood. “First class relics,” they thought.

Only proves one thing: Catholicism in this country doesn’t come instinctively for most. Hence, I suppose, my sometimes profound distaste for it.


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10 03 2008
FrGregACCA

Bill:

No, not really.

10 03 2008
Bill

Sorry–I ask that as someone outside the Orthodox Church. This is not a loaded question. Genuinely interested at the comparison/contrast between RCC and Orthodoxy on this.

10 03 2008
Bill

Is there anything comparable in the Orthodox tradition to flagellation or the practices displayed in the Youtube video linked above?

6 03 2008
Robert Thomas Llizo

Long-time reader, first time posting.

I can tell you what many might do in the presence of a martyrdom. While the family of Blessed Miguel Pro would take up hankerchiefs to soak up the great martyr’s blood, many American churchmen would be content to let the city sanitation department deal with the “handling” of the “remains.” Of course, we will need face masks (Lord only knows what germs and bacteria would be flying all over the place at such an unsanitary and unsavory site) and latex gloves if, and only IF, we need to handle “the remains” at all.

So much for the Incarnation of the Son of Man, who by His blood raised us from death to life, conquering death by death!

Kyrie eleison!

5 03 2008
Leah

I think modern Western society in general views death as being a distasteful thing to be discussed as little as possible (hence the Four Last Things) are seldom discussed. During the Victorian era, people would take photographs of dead relatives and put them in photo albums. Now, grandma gets euthanized and the body is sent to the crematoriam with the least amount of fuss. Out of sight, out of mind.

5 03 2008
vito

After some thought I should warn that the video may be difficult to watch for some. Bloody.

5 03 2008
vito

Arturo,
I thought you might find this video made during Holy Week (1960s)interesting. It’s from a town not too far from my parents’ hometown in Calabria. Talk about where the rubber meets the road! http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7505133921597242460&q=calabria&total=11563&start=170&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=4

5 03 2008
Matt K

This story makes me sad, but mainly because I know I’d have to bargain with the Devil himself to get to Italy any time during the next year to see the body of my patron saint!

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