Monday, December 29, 2008

Ahhhh... Inculturation
Have you seen any statues like this in your parish?



"Santa Muerte" is being passed off as a pious Mexican devotion on All Souls Day. It couldn't be further from the truth. It's satanic. And unfortunately, I've heard storied of 60's wannabe-hippie priests are welcoming this into their parishes. Stupid gringos.

Here's some of the article from SperoNews.com; (Emphasis mine)

Santa Muerte is no saint, say Mexican bishops
The Roman Catholic archdiocese of Mexico City condemned devotion to Santa Muerte "Saint Death" that masquerades as authentic Catholic Christianity.

According to a statement by Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico City on November 3, 2008, popular devotion to the so-called "Saint Death" is not compatible with the Catholic faith. It also noted that Saint Jude Thaddeus – known to Catholics worldwide as the intercessor for lost causes - is not the patron saint of criminals or drug traffickers.

The statement noted that "many people who commit crimes believe that St Jude is their patron saint," and added that "In no way would this saint be interceding before God in heaven for those who act contrary to the commandments of Christ, violating the precepts of Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not commit adultery."

The Archdiocese of Mexico noted that true devotion to St Jude "is completely the opposite of the devotion to 'Saint Death,' as Christ himself overcame death in his glorious rising from the tomb, promising eternal life to those who keep the commandments of the law of God."

The growing devotion to 'Saint Death', which grows more prominent as the feast of All Souls approaches, has become popular in recent years in parts of Mexico. Roman Catholics and other Christians celebrate November 1st as All Saints Day, followed the next day by All Souls in commemoration of all the faithful departed. In Mexico and Central America, this Christian practice has been infused with non-Christian elements of ancestor worship or even occult practices.

It made news in the US in early March 2005 when its putative leader led a demonstration in Mexico City protesting against the Mexican government’s reconsideration of his group’s status as an officially registered "church."

While their dispute is with the Mexican government, much of their anger is directed at the Catholic Church, which has warned the faithful to beware of the cult and its tendency towards Satanism.

2 Comments:

Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Good to see the Bishops' down there standing up...maybe the USCCB could take some lessons.

1:17 AM  
Blogger Theophilus said...

The same could be said of Brazilian "syncretism" which is a way to masquerade the satanic under a Catholic disguise. I wish the Brazilian bishops stood up and condemned the practices that destroy the faith in my country.

10:45 AM  

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