Here’s a bishop to support October 30, 2013Posted by tantamergo in awesomeness, Basics, Domestic Church, episcopate, family, fun, General Catholic, Grace, Liturgical Year, Tradition, Virtue.
So if he’s in Italy! We’re a universal Church! And this bishop, whatever else he may be, is certainly right regarding Halloween! While the secular commercial holiday that is Halloween (and isn’t it revealing how Halloween has exploded as a major holiday as the culture has rejected its Christian heritage) may be enjoyed on a certain level, especially if it is oriented towards the great Feast of All Saints it was originally intended to herald, there are certain concerning aspects like the focus on the occult and certain spirits that absolutely should not be messed with. As such, the Church really shouldn’t have anything to do with the secular presentations of Halloween, as one astute bishop in Italy made clear when he refused a secular-type Halloween party on Church grounds:
Diocese prohibits Halloween Party at Castle Church in its possession. “The Feast of All Saints must in no way be replaced by Halloween,” says the diocese. “Halloween is a mixture of heathenism and commercialism that is rejected in both components equally.” [Unless you turn it into an All Saints Day pre-party, or focus on the need to pray for the souls of the departed in association with All Souls Day. Having children dress up as their favorite Saints is a great way to re-Christianize this holiday] Children are done no good with the illusory world of “ghosts, monsters, witches and vampires without Christ.” The view needs to be focused on the Christian feast of All Saints and All Souls, who are the heralds of the real world.At Castle Rossena, which is owned by the Diocese of Reggio Emilia-Guastalla, a Halloween party was to take place. The event was planned by a youth branch of Catholic Action. After the protest by Pastor Ennio Munari Roncina, Bishop Massimo Camisasca stepped in and canceled the festival. The bishop then published a statement in which he condemned Halloween.The bishop recalled the importance of the Christian Feast of All Saints and All Souls Day on the 1st and 2nd of November. The Solemnity of All Saints’ Day is a celebration of joy and light, said the Bishop. The feast of all the brothers and sisters who have been brought to heaven throughout history, where they can see God face to face in eternal bliss and are our role models. With the Feast of All Souls we remember all our deceased. It reminds us that all is not with death, but there is a life after death. A knowledge that should govern our lives till death.These festivals should in no way be replaced by Halloween. The spread of this Pagan spectacle is an indication for the loss of the right understanding of Christian festivals and too little devotion, to intoxicating escapism into a world of illusion, which is also supported primarily by commercial interests