Rorate Caeli

Habemus... something.


It is sad, actually.

In the Minor Basilica of San José de Flores, in the city of Buenos Aires, a large statue of Saint Pius X was "re-dedicated" on May 1, 2011, by the Rector, with the blessing of the Apostolic Nuncio in Argentina, Abp. Adriano Bernardini: actually, the old statue of Saint Pius X had a new "mask" applied and was completely (and not very elegantly) repainted and is now the image of the newly beatified pope. And they thought nobody would notice it...

Behold Saint Blessed John Pius Paul X & II - made in Italy, remade in Argentina.

Now, this is not extraordinary. This is ordinary.

[Source and other pictures: Página Católica. By the way, they believe that the Nuncio was conned, too.]

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is this a joke or are you serious? If the latter, this little "face lift" tale is quite telling. In fact, it says it all.

Delphina

Anonymous said...

tacky!

M. A. said...

deceitful!

Alvin said...

What a slap in the face... of a Saint no less... St. Pius X, pray for us!

SJH said...

The rules used to prohibit shrines to beatified saints outside the areas where their offices were permitted. Anyone have a quick rundown of (or link to) the current rules? And was JPII's office put on the general calendar? For example, Mother Teresa's wasn't, the Archbishop of New York had to ask special permission for it to be celebrated here.

New Catholic said...

Rules? What rules?

Alan Aversa said...

I wish everyone pushing for Pope John Paul II's canonization knew more about the previous pope to be canonized, Pope St. Pius X.

Tom the Milkman said...

This really is the living end .. disgusting!

Anonymous said...

Rules? We don't need no stinkin'...

Anonymous said...

This doesn't anger me at all. On the contrary, such a petty and sick gesture points to the impotence of Cardinal Bergoglio, the runner-up in the last conclave and therefore the very exemplar of failures. He was the liberals' choice. He governs one of the chief sees in the Church. As a result, there is not even one approved Traditional Latin Mass in Buenos Aires. Not even one for millions of souls.

As for John Paul the Small, he will never be even a faint shadow of Pope St. Pius the Great. They have defaced the statue of the greatest Pope of the last millenium; the statue of St. Pius X now wears a clown mask. Tacky it is indeed, and petty, and cheap.

Bergoglio, on the other hand, is old. He is 74½. Tick, tock.

P.K.T.P.

Timothy Mulligan said...

Yet another fabrication -- a banal on the spot product.

dcs said...

The first thing I thought, like a couple other commenters here, was "tacky!" And that was before reading the comments.

In answer to SJH's question, NO, the late Pope's feast was not put on the general calendar but only local calendars -- I think all of Poland as well as the Diocese of Rome (so much for the claim that Pope John Paul II was being beatified for his holiness and not for his papacy -- October 22 was the date of his installation as Pope).

Anonymous said...

"Now, this is not extraordinary. This is ordinary." - Nice one.. ^^

Michael said...

If this story and photo are true, it is very creepy and disrespectful what they did.

Prof. Basto said...

Grotesque. Disrespectful and in bad taste.

Ld Schmidt said...

Demonic disorientation,Truely shameless.

Anonymous said...

Dear Michael:

The correct adjective is 'insane'. Liberals are insane. They only pretend to be real people. There is no depth to which they will not stoop. But they err in doing things like this because they show their hand. They show how petty and small they are, what losers they are. Their day is almost done. Their antics will not even merit appearances in museums of bad taste and mental derangement. Only a creepy age could have produced creeps such as they. You see, when Vatican II came, all the sound men left the seminary and the incompetents and defectives took their places.

P.K.T.P.

Anonymous said...

Statue looks cheap and tacky. I think that Long-Skirts should write an ode to it.

Anonymous said...

John Paul the Great indeed. Not so Great if you ask me.

Anonymous said...

Not Great because for 27 years we got dancing girls, communion in the hand, kissing the Koran, Assisi, altar girls, closed convents, churches, schools, child sexual abuse the list sadly goes on and on.

Athunes said...

It seems that Pius X was the "forgotten Pope." Even the neo-cons do not like to talk about him much.

Maybe one day JPII will be the forgotten Pope and St. Pius X will be recognized once again. What a grand day that would be.

Anonymous said...

If they had put a Bozo the Clown mask on the statue, everyone would know that it had been re-dedicated to Cardinal Bergoglio. Adding a permanent balloon would make the identity certain. But the crowning cap would be a Chinese Mao hat with a red star on it.

P.K.T.P.

chiapet said...

Doesn't even look like JPII to me. I think that's St. Johnny Carson.

Anonymous said...

How ridiculous can some people be!

Gratias said...

These are the fruits of Vatican II. So sad. The news that there is no approved Extraordinary Mass in the Diocese of Buenos Aires is a scandal! Glad the Jesuit Bergoglio was not elected Pope. Viva Ratzinger.

Anonymous said...

Either JP II's Master of Ceremonies was lying or this is more evidence that the recent beatification defies explanation:

http://tinyurl.com/42szzww

ben ingledew said...

21st century iconoclasm.

Dan said...

This is WAY beyond nauseating.

I am reminded here of the old practice in Communist-controlled countries where the Unfavored were "erased" from collective memory, by re-painting murals, or removing their images from photos, or renaming all their cities and towns, etc.

Truly, truly sickening.

Anonymous said...

If this is not damnatio memoriae, it's close.

Romulus

Lamentably Sane said...

My father gave me a biography of Pope St Pius X to read in the late 1970s when I was 14 or so. At that time the Pope was Paul VI and I remember thinking what on earth had happened to the Church within my lifetime and how on earth popes could be so ineffectual. Pope John Paul II seemed to be about to restore some kind of sanity, but in the end was a disappointment. Our current Holy Father is a vast improvement on the last, but what a long way we still have to go! Keep praying for another St. Pius X!

Bernonensis said...

Papae! Pro Pio pio, papulum, papulam.

Anonymous said...

I remember a priest who had two statutes of St. Joseph and had one converted into St. Jude (!) - at least that was tastefully done. This present 'facelift' is certainly not. If you want a statue of Blessed John Paul II, why not spend your money on something worthy - i.e. get one made.

St. Pius X pray for us.
Blessed John Paul II pray for us. Fr. A.M.

Página Católica said...

Dear friends:

I have just published a series of photographies in which it is able to see the Nuncio blessing the famous statue. Regards

http://pagina-catolica.blogspot.com/2011/05/sorpresa-en-la-basilica.html

New Catholic said...

Sorry, Blogger erased all comments here, not us!

Anonymous said...

Pictures of the Nuncio blessing the statue.
http://pagina-catolica.blogspot.com/2011/05/sorpresa-en-la-basilica.html
Regards

Long-Skirts said...

Anonymous said...
Statue looks cheap and tacky. I think that Long-Skirts should write an ode to it.

Is
Statch
You?

Is statch you?
Pope Pius the Saint
The grand number Ten
Who makes moderns faint.

Is statch you?
Saint Pius the Pope
Whose face now does look
Like carved soap-on-a-rope.

Is statch you?
Well for St. Pete's sake --
Some would say nice
But I would say fake!

Jitpring said...

Nauseating.

O age, thou art shamed.*
O shame, where is thy blush?**

-Shakespeare, Julius Caesar,* Hamlet**