In an article dated January 8 in the Guardian, Tom Kington reports that the Catholic Church wants to exhume the body of a priest who has been dead 40 years, and then place it on display:
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the death of Padre Pio, Italy’s favourite saint, his body will be exhumed, given a “check-up” and put on display for a few months, church leaders have decided.
Renowned for his stigmata and miracle work, St Pius – still known as Padre Pio by his followers – was canonised in 2002 to popular acclaim and around 7 million pilgrims visit his tomb annually at the friary in Puglia, southern Italy, where he died in 1968.
To mark the anniversary of his death, the local archbishop, Domenico Umberto D’Ambrosio, said on Sunday that the Capuchin friar’s body would be exhumed from its tomb at the sanctuary church “to check on the state of it and to carry out all the necessary work to guarantee the best conditions for its conservation.”
When the work is completed, the body will go on display in April for “a few months”, he added. Antonio Belpiede, spokesman for Padre Pio’s Franciscan chapter, denied reports that the procedure would also be a chance to remove relics from the saint’s remains. “This is not on the agenda,” he said.
This follows an article on January 7 in the Guardian in which John Hooper reports that the Vatican now expects its parishioners to atone for the crimes committed by its priests:
The Vatican has called on Catholics to atone for the sex abuse scandals that have engulfed their church in recent years by taking part in what may be the largest global prayer initiative ever seen.
Cardinal Cláudio Hummes told the Vatican’s official daily, L’Osservatore Romano, that every diocese in the world should name a priest to work full-time on the arrangements for the “perpetual adoration” of the eucharist. This would involve parishioners taking turns to keep a round-the-clock vigil in front of a consecrated host representing the body of Jesus.
So it seems, the latest load of BS that church is trying to foist off on its flock is that they, the members of the church, the very people that the church is supposed to serve, are to atone for the crimes that the church commited against them, the members, and to worship the dead body of a previous member of the same clergy that committed the crimes they are to atone for.
No doubt the church will be passing the collection basket, and filling it on Sunday too. Quite a racket, the teachings of the Catholic church.