The Jesuit Dom Belchior Carneiro (1516–1583) was the first Bishop of China and Japan. In 1835 he got his skull cut off.
The reason behind the separation of corpse and skull, is in the example of Bishop Belchior Carneiro of Macau a mystery. Since he never has been considered a candidate for canonization.
This is what we can read from a tourist website in Macau, relating to the “House of mercy”:
Other relevant pieces of the centuries-old history of the Holy House of Mercy are: the skull of D. Belchior Carneiro and the Cross with which he was buried; a full length oil painting portrait of D. Belchior Carneiro from the 18th century; and a bronze bell from the old St. Raphael Hospital, which succeeded the hospital founded by D. Belchior Carneiro in the 16th century.
Here is a picture of the room in the Museum, where both a portrait and the skull of the Bishop is displayed. Also take a look at the official stamp of Macau, showing the Bishop with his head still on his shoulders.
In the book “Walking Macao, reading the Baroque” we can find the year of the exhumation of the Bishop. His skull was cut off the skeleton in the year of 1835 A.D. That was 252 years after his death. The cutting took place after the church of Sao Paulo had been burned down, during a powerful typhoon.
This is the source of this information:
Walking Macao, Reading the Baroque – HongKong University Press
… of Macao, the Jesuit Dom Belchior Carneiro (1516–1583), who was buried in São Paulo with a cross, and exhumed in 1835 after the burning of the church.
On Wikipedia you can read about the fire and the typhoon in 1835, that ruined the Church of Sao Paulo.
Since there is no valid reasons for keeping this skull because of claimed “Holiness”, there must obviously be other desires behind this act of grave looting. Like keeping the skull as some kind of suitable furniture.
The Jesuit priests were very active during the Inquisitions, and slaughtered tens of thousands of Jews and Evangelical Christians who refused to bow before the Papacy and his pagan “Queen of Heaven”.
O God, how long is the adversary to scoff and reproach? Is the enemy to blaspheme and revile Your name forever?
In the book of Revelation, we can read about these martyrs asking God how mush time before their butchers will be punished.
When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?”
The Bible explains that there would be both false brethren and wicked people roaming around, claiming to be Christians. I feel this is a perfect example.
Written by Ivar