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WARNING!!! VSC is in a particularly foul mood over this posting. If anyone thinks I'm being blasphemous at any point, that's not my intention. I do, however, satirize in a course fashion, the way the Roman Protestants have censored The Stations of The Cross, and what some of their ulterior motives very well may be. If harsh sarcasm isn't your cup of tea, I suggest you pass on this post.
Well class, as you've already been told, the upcoming World Youth Day will feature a Stations of The Cross devotion that will be almost cut in half. Refer to the handout I've provided from The Catholic News;
Published: May 29, 2008
In a bid to ensure the World Youth Day Stations of the Cross will not incite anti-Semitic feelings and appeal to all Christians, organisers have dropped six traditional stations which have no scriptural foundation.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports the Church has changed one of its most popular devotions and a landmark event of World Youth Day to take account of the sensitivities of Jews and draw other Christian denominations into its youth celebrations.
In the Catholic tradition the Stations of the Cross, the depiction of the final hours of Jesus Christ, features 14 scenes including the fall of Jesus three times, but only eight stations have scriptural foundation.
To make the event more appealing to all Christians, a Vatican approved scriptural version, founded entirely on passages from the New Testament, will be adopted when it is staged in the streets of Sydney on July 18.
The Papists have been playing fast and loose with the final hours of Jesus for only a few short years of their history.... well, I take that back: since the 1300's. But at least we here at TRPCoA know that 6 of the 8 "Stations" aren't Scripturally based!! Well, I take that back: 4 of the 6 are prophesied in the Old Testament, and the other 2 are alluded to rather strongly in the New Testament.
BUT NONE OF THAT MATTERS!!! Like I said, we don't believe in "Sacred Tradition", that is unless we make it up as we go along. After all, you can't spell Protestant without protest!
Anyhow, here's the recommendation I'm making for the censored 6 Stations, and replacing them with more convergence, ecumenically-friendly episodes for us to contemplate --
Station III - Delete Jesus Falls For The First Time, and replace it with Jesus Falls And Kisses The Asses Of The Jews. Forget about Is 53: 4-6
Station IV - Delete Jesus Meets His Sorrowful Mother, and replace it with Jesus Meets With The Liturgical Committee. Make sure the hymn sung at this particular station is Cole Porter's "Anything Goes". Pay no attention to Lk 2: 34-35, 51
Station VI - Delete St Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus, and replace it with Jesus Tries To Wipe Out Racism And Strive For Social Justice. Hey, there's only so much He can do. After all... He's only human. Oops! Did I just say that!!?? Anyhoo, blow off Is 53: 2-3
Station VII - Delete Jesus Falls For The Second Time, and replace it with Jesus Falls And Kisses The Asses Of The Moslems. Put this one in cold storage for 600 years. It'll come in handy eventually. No need for Lam 3: 1-2,9,16
Station IX - Delete Jesus Falls For The Third Time, and replace it with Jesus Falls And Kisses The Asses Of Protestants. Put this one in cold storage for 1,500 years. After all, we Protties need this one to justify our entire reason for being. Ignore Lam 3: 27-32
His answer was more of an indictment --- "Because he made you more like us".