|Does anyone in this scene look happy?|
"Take a break!" you say. It's Christmas after all.
But what is the Vatican giving us for Christmas? A nativity scene with a manly Mary and a naked guy who looks like he just got off his treadmill after exercising his abs. And those arm muscles! He clearly lifts weights as well. All I can say is this naked guy must have a benefactor feeding him well. But, get this you defenders of the indefensible, Facebook nixed the image as too offensive for an ad on its pages. Would that the Vatican had done the same!
Then there are the ugly and frightening depictions like the dead body and the prison scene.
They remind me of yards at Halloween draped in ghosts and gravestones. Maybe that's why the little cherubs around the manger look so frightened. One wonders if Vatican reps will be giving out candy corn to the children whose parents are foolish enough to expose them to this atrocity. Not to mention a star of Bethlehem that is just plain weird, and more than weird according to Ann Barnhardt who explains.why people are calling the nativity the gay display. (Warning for the faint of heart -- Ann minces no words.)
I don't always agree with NovusOrdoWatch, but their take on the nativity (It's "harrowing!") is spot on -- especially these paragraphs:
All in all, we may say that this “Nativity” display looks more like a scene from hell, and that is no accident. Always keep that in mind: This is all deliberate. Things like this do not just happen; they require official approval and are planned long in advance, and every detail is thought through and prepared carefully. The Vatican authorities could have made this Nativity scene as beautiful as the world knows how, and yet this is what they chose to present. Think about that.
The conclusion is inescapable: The ugliness, the repulsiveness, the twistedness of it all, is by design. These wicked Vatican Modernists are simply seeking as much as possible to distract from the Birth of Christ and render it repulsive to people, especially to children. Would you let your sweet little ones look at, much less approach, this travesty of a Nativity scene? What child would not be frightened and disturbed? As their impressionable little minds and vulnerable, tender souls draw near to the Christ Child to love, thank, and adore Him, they’re being repelled by all these grim-looking, frightening characters, not excluding nudity — and the poor children will associate this with Christmas going forward. One shudders to imagine what the Baby Jesus will look like once He is unveiled.Back in the 1970's and 1980's catechetical materials came out with the most repulsive pictures of Jesus. Unlike the Faith in Life series that used beautiful classical art to teach the faith, Benziger, Sadlier, Harcourt Religion, et al were depicting a cartoon Jesus who looked like a refugee from a comic book on cave men. Perhaps that was part of the strategy to turn kids off to Christ. These were the same companies promoting explicit sex ed and violating the rights of parents. It continues today! Growing in Love from Harcourt was a particularly graphic (pornographic) program. (Thankfully it's out of print although still available in the second-hand market. As an aside, Harcourt was acquired by Houghton Mifflin in 2007.)
As I see more and more explicit promotion of homosexuality coming out of the Vatican, I can't help thinking of my friend Fr. James Haley who was warning about the growing influence of homosexuals in the clergy and blowing the whistle on my own diocese almost two decades ago. For daring to expose the unspeakable (to Bishop Loverde -- he only spoke out publicly when he was deposed in a lawsuit), Fr. Haley was pitched out into the darkness in 2001 and later forcibly removed from the priesthood by Bishop Loverde using lies and a clerical court to do the dirty. The more scandals that come out, the clearer it is that Fr. Haley was a prophet -- a prophet like Jeremiah it turns out. He was never listened to and was figuratively murdered.
Rather than end on a negative note, I will once again mention my grandchildren's play, The Promise. Isaiah tells us that at the height of man's wickedness, God sent a Savior. And he was beautiful and the scene surrounding his birth was filled with glory and singing and joy. So ignore the ugly and horrifying Nativity presented by the usurpers in Vatican City and put the image below in your mind this Christmas Season. "A Son is born to us and His name is Emmanuel, God with us." Halleluiah!