Since 2005, a stain many believe to be of the Virgin Mary has been visible on a Chicago underpass. Virgin Mary Underpass Stain Defaced With Devil Graffiti, reported by FOX News. There's a link in the article that takes you to the image of the purple devil graffiti. There are also several links on the sidebar related to the story of the image: people charged with previous vandalism, etc. The comments left by readers are also interesting to read.
Interesting things about this: while there's the division between the official, authoritarian line of the Vatican and Catholics regarding the BVM, there are also the divisions among the "folk." Many Christians but non-Catholics mock BVM apparitions, images, etc. or find them offensive. As do some Catholics as well. . . point is, many religious see things like this as embarrassing, superstitious, and/or sacrilegious.
For example, Victor Gonzalez was charged with "criminal damage" when he defaced the stain, writing "Big Lie" over the image. His reason for doing so: "he believed visitors were worshiping a graven image in violation of the Second Commandment."
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Reporters Jerome Taylor and Simon Caldwell discuss the Vatican's latest in regards to Marian apparitions:Catholics ordered to keep quiet over Virgin visions
This is one aspect of the phenomena of Marian Apparitions that intrigues me: the Church's history of denial and suppression around Marian apparitions. Currently, the Vatican is exercising its power by mandating Catholics stay mum about visitations:"Catholics who claim they have seen the Virgin Mary will be forced to remain silent ..." waiting until the visitations have been investigated by "psychologists, theologians, priests and exorcists." The goal of this renewed effort is to "stamp out false claims of miracles."
Obvious questions come to mind. Why is the Vatican so focused on this now? What is it about the timing of these "new guidelines" in terms of BVM apparitions? Why have "new guidelines" at all? Who decides what's a "false claim" and what isn't?
I can't keep from thinking that there is a connection between this and the Vatican's positive acknowledgement that ET exists. An odd juxtaposition: the BVM, and the effort put forth by the Church to keep her hidden, and the overt acknowledgement that aliens are real. Not angels, demons and Satan, which are also acknowledged to exist of course, but literal ET, aliens, from outer space. The distinction between aliens and angels is made by the Church.
"It is entirely credible that in the enormous distance between Angels and humans, there could be found some middle stage, that is beings with a body like ours but more elevated spiritually. If such intelligent beings really exist on other planets, only science will be able to prove; but in spite of what some people think, we would be in a position to reconcile their existence with the Redemption that Christ has brought us.” (Vatican theologian Monsignor Corrado Balducci)
This new directive from the Vatican is called the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. That may sound reasonable enough,except this used to be known as the Holy Office Of The Inquisition. This update will renew the version from 1978s. In other words, the Inquisition has been kept alive in various forms right up to the present.
Aside from the relationship between Mary and ET, a comparison can be made between the image of "The Lady" and witches. During the Inquisition, women were tortured and killed under the premise that they were witches.
Witnesses to miracles, including Marian apparitions, can talk about it and "will be believed" as long as they stay quiet and don't seek a public forum. If they don't keep quiet, they won't be believed, according to this new mandate. The person making the claim of miracle, stigmata, or BVM visit, will have to endure examinations by psychiatrists, exorcists, etc. to: exclude the possibility that Satan is hiding behind the apparitions in order to deceive the faithful.
This is chilling on a lot of levels of course. From the context of the new guidelines itself,(Inquisition) to the suppression of the individuals mystical/paranormal experience, the war between authoritarian keepers of experience (whether it's the Vatican, the JREF, Skeptical Inquirer, CSI, or the government) and the "folk" continues.
Dialogue in Bellaria:
SITCHIN AND VATICAN THEOLOGIAN DISCUSS UFO's,
EXTRATERRESTRIALS, ANGELS, CREATION OF MAN, Report by Zecharia Sitchin
Monday, January 5, 2009
It's still free, and it's still available, just a different color cover and the addition of Richelle Hawk's photograph that accompanies her article. Click on the BVM image in the menu on your right to get there.