Friday, May 21, 2004

From blog correspondent Lee Penn
Hindus conduct service at Fátima shrine chapel
I'm sure Hindus are wonderful people but that didn't belong in a consecrated church. Sounds more like the Episcopal Church - at least they still have Gothic cathedrals and choral evensong, not ugly churches, tatty plastic devotional stuff or stupid songs with badly played guitars.

LP: A knowledgeable friend, who lives in Fátima, has confirmed the main points of this story for me. The Spirit of the United Religions has taken the shrine of Fátima.

The critical boundaries crossed during the service that was reported in Portugal on May 5 are these:

1. Allowing non-Christians to pray at the altar of a Catholic church ... an altar that ought to be reserved for the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Divine Liturgy.

2. The decision by the Bishop of Leiria-Fátima and the Rector of the Shrine of Fátima to allow the Hindu priest to clothe them with with a Hindu "priestly shawl," a garment adorned with texts from the Gita, Hindu scripture. [Big mistake, along the same lines as the Pope kissing the Koran. Indifferentism, anyone?]

Be certain that - given the controversy last fall over opening Fátima to multiple faiths - that Rome knows what is going on here. [End.]

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy.

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