According to the new (read: conciliar) Code of Canon Law:
Sacred places are violated by gravely injurious actions done in them with scandal to the faithful, actions which, in the judgment of the local ordinary, are so grave and contrary to the holiness of the place that it is not permitted to carry on worship in them until the damage is repaired by a penitential rite according to the norm of the liturgical books. (Canon 1211)
The “liturgical books” mentioned refers to the Ceremonial of Bishops, which goes into more detail about how a church may be desecrated:
Acts that do grave dishonor to sacred mysteries, especially to the Eucharistic species, and are committed to show contempt for the Church, or are crimes that are serious offenses against the dignity of the person and society.
A church, therefore, is desecrated by actions that are gravely injurious in themselves and a cause of scandal to the faithful.
Did the placement of Pachamama idols and their veneration before the altar within the Church of Santa Maria della Traspontina rise to this level? Hell yeah!
That the man viewed by many as the “local ordinary” in this case isn’t actually Catholic by any real measure (e.g., such as those provided by the sacred magisterium over the course of many centuries) does nothing to change that fact.
Therefore, the the damage done to both the church and the faithful at large stand in need of repair by way of a penitential rite.
Is there even just one bishop alive who has the faith to do what needs to be done?
How about Cardinal Raymond Burke, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, or Cardinal Gerhard Muller – each one widely hailed by neo-conservatives as a defender of the faithful?
If not, how about one of the bishops of the Society of St. Pius X?
If they don’t have the wherewithal to step up, will one of their detractors among the resistance bishops be willing to take care of it?
Yes, I know… it’s not going to happen, but if any of these men had even half the Catholic testosterone as the guys who sent the Pachamommies swimming in the Tiber the other day, it would be a matter of when, not if, the deed would be done.
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