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Monday, July 20, 2015

Hammer-and-Sicklegate: What It Reveals

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Hammer-and-Sicklegate: What It Reveals

As usual, the neo-Catholic cover-up of disaster has failed. Pope Francis not only accepted but took home with him the blasphemous depiction of Christ on a hammer and sickle—the very symbol of the massacre of scores of millions of Christians in the name of an ideology whose aim was to wipe Christianity off the face of the earth. As Francis revealed on the flight home during his usual off-the-cuff blabbing to reporters:

Reporter on plane: Did you leave it there [in Bolivia]?

Pope Francis: No, it’s traveling with me.

Of course, Francis never said: “that’s not right” when presented with the blasphemous crucifix, as National Catholic Register (owned by neo-Catholic flagship EWTN) falsely reported. That was what NCR’s editorial staff dearly wanted everyone to believe given the undeniable scandal of the affair. NCR later grudgingly reported the truth after the Pope’s own statements to the press made it impossible to deny, but without retracting or correcting the original false reports of Francis’s disapproval of the image.

Here at the Remnant we are quite used to such deception in the neo-Catholic establishment, whose opinion-makers have spent the past half-century attempting to minimize, explain away, or simply deny the ever-mounting evidence of the greatest crisis in Church history. Over at the excellent new blogsite OnePeterFive, however, there was this expression of surprise and dismay: “Journalistic and Catholic integrity demand a public retraction of the [NCR] story and an explanation of this unprofessional behavior.  Without it, the National Catholic Register risks forfeiture of any claim that it is a reliable Catholic news outlet.”

As far as we are concerned, that claim was forfeited long ago and this affair is but the latest example of why. But it seems to me that even traditionalist coverage of the Commie-Crucifix scandal has not captured its essence: the current Vicar of Christ is willing to defend obscene and blasphemous depictions of Christ. As Francis revealed to the press (exploding the latest neo-Catholic cover story):

[Y]ou can qualify it in the genre of “protest art.” For example in Buenos Aires, some years ago, there was an exhibit of a good sculptor, creative, Argentine, who is now dead. It was protest art, and I recall one, it was a crucified Christ on a bomber that was going down, no? It’s Christianity, but a criticism that, let’s say, Christianity allied with imperialism, which is the bomber….

[I]n this concrete case, Fr Espinal was killed in 1980. It was a time when liberation theology had many different branches with Marxist analysis of reality. One of the branches was. Fr Espinal belonged to this…. Espinal was an enthusiast of this Marxist analysis of the reality, but also of theology using Marxism. From this, he came up with this work…. Making a hermeneutic like this, I understand this work. For me it wasn’t an offense, but I had to do this hermeneutic, and I say it to you so that there aren’t any wrong opinions.

Notice what Francis is saying here. He is not denying the objectively obscene and blasphemous character of the Commie-Crucifix—an object so horrific that NCR at first desperately pretended that the Vicar of Christ had not received it favorably. Rather, Francis declares that for him it “wasn’t an offense” because he conducted a personal “hermeneutic” according to which he understands the Commie-Crucifix as “protest art.” Further, he defends the use of Christ’s sacred corpus to criticize Christianity as an ally of “imperialism” by affixing the corpus to a dive-bomber, a blasphemy he calls “creative” work on the part of a “good sculptor” from Argentina.

In short, the current Vicar of Christ approves blasphemous abuse of the sacred image of Christ’s crucified Body for purposes of leftwing “protest art.” Is any further comment necessary concerning the mentality of the man who now occupies the Chair of Peter?

God help us.

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Christopher A. Ferrara

Christopher A. Ferrara: President and lead counsel for the American Catholic Lawyers Inc., Mr. Ferrara has been at the forefront of the legal defense of pro-lifers for the better part of a quarter century. Having served with the legal team for high profile victims of the culture of death such as Terri Schiavo, he has long since distinguished him a premier civil rights Catholic lawyer.  Mr. Ferrara has been a lead columnist for The Remnant since 2000 and has authored several books published by The Remnant Press, including the bestseller The Great Façade. Together with his children and wife, Wendy, he lives in Richmond, Virginia.