Pope told the priest responsible: ‘Get that thing down.
Vatican claim Pontiff determined to avoid ‘cult of personality’ like that enjoyed by John Paul II
At the age of 76 he became a household name and a magazine cover star.
But Pope Francis is apparently desperate to avoid becoming a celebrity – he has ordered the removal of a new life-size statue of him in Buenos Aires cathedral.
Since its installation two weeks ago believers visited the statue in the cathedral’s garden to pay homage to the pontiff, while tourists posed for photos alongside it.
But Francis, formerly Archbishop of the Argentine capital, was reportedly horrified at the news.
He got straight on the phone and had strong words with the priest responsible telling him: ‘Get that thing down, immediately’, the Argentinian newspaper Clarin reported.
Church sources told the newspaper that Francis is determined to avoid creating ‘a cult of personality’ like that enjoyed by John Paul II.
Since his election in March, Francis has gone to lengths to be seen as humble, showing little patience for the pomp and fuss that come with his position as head of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
Source: The Daily Mail, UK.
We do not know for sure, if the present Pope just had one of those bad days. Or if he seriously want to start a campaign to remove idols from Catholic Churches and shrines.
If He want to get statues of the Popes removed, he faces an uphill task. Because the Earth is filled with statues of the last two Popes. Lets take a look on some pictures:
After seeing all this pictures, it is impossible to take the present Pope seriously. The claimed “Holy Roman Catholic Church” seems to be beyond repair. The claimed to be infallible Popes seems to be very mush fallible.
John Paul II accepted statues to be raised of him, and so did Benedict. Why this angry attitude from Francis?
Francis him self is about to make the “personal cultic” John Paul II a saint. Could it be that the late Pope was not a man worthy of “sainthood”?
Nevertheless, I agree that the statue of Francis in Buenos Aires should be removed and demolished. To be sure that the spirit that agreed to this idolatry vanishes, please burn all the remains of wood and clay.
And please demolish the idol that stands next to the Pope, also. Idolatry in the form of “Pope statues” are no different from statues of the “Queen of Heaven”. If you believe that both the Pope, and the mother of Jesus, are created beings, you should not form any statues of them, neither kiss them, bow down before them.
Just read the second commandment, and obey.
‘ You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.Its your choice,
if you want to define your self among the people God will have to punish, those who hate the truth.
Written by Ivar
Hello again my friend 🙂
Well, again with the idol thing – I would debate that.
However, I do agree that it was probably a good idea to take that statue down.
A photo is one thing – but statues tend to resonate, in the minds of most Catholics, with the concept of a saint…which, being that he is still alive, he is not.
It is all debatable, but based on the cultural tendency to reserve statuary for saints, it was probably a good idea.
There is nothing atractive at all in these statues. Sorry but thats the way they come a cross to me.
…they will consult the idols and the spirits of the dead,
the mediums and the spiritists.
4 I will hand the Egyptians over
to the power of a cruel master,
and a fierce king will rule over them,”
declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty.
Ha! ha! ha! Well-deserved! This is so horrendous as to be beyond belief! I have to laugh! Poor ‘pope’! And an Argentinian! Give me a break! Jesus is coming soon to destroy this so-called ‘universal church’! I have ran out of adjectives to define the katholic abomination!
Isaiah 44:6-20New International Version (NIV)
The Lord, Not Idols
6 “This is what the Lord says—
Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty:
I am the first and I am the last;
apart from me there is no God.
7 Who then is like me? Let him proclaim it.
Let him declare and lay out before me
what has happened since I established my ancient people,
and what is yet to come—
yes, let them foretell what will come.
8 Do not tremble, do not be afraid.
Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago?
You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me?
No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.”
9 All who make idols are nothing,
and the things they treasure are worthless.
Those who would speak up for them are blind;
they are ignorant, to their own shame.
10 Who shapes a god and casts an idol,
which can profit nothing?
11 People who do that will be put to shame;
such craftsmen are only human beings.
Let them all come together and take their stand;
they will be brought down to terror and shame.
12 The blacksmith takes a tool
and works with it in the coals;
he shapes an idol with hammers,
he forges it with the might of his arm.
He gets hungry and loses his strength;
he drinks no water and grows faint.
13 The carpenter measures with a line
and makes an outline with a marker;
he roughs it out with chisels
and marks it with compasses.
He shapes it in human form,
human form in all its glory,
that it may dwell in a shrine.
14 He cut down cedars,
or perhaps took a cypress or oak.
He let it grow among the trees of the forest,
or planted a pine, and the rain made it grow.
15 It is used as fuel for burning;
some of it he takes and warms himself,
he kindles a fire and bakes bread.
But he also fashions a god and worships it;
he makes an idol and bows down to it.
16 Half of the wood he burns in the fire;
over it he prepares his meal,
he roasts his meat and eats his fill.
He also warms himself and says,
“Ah! I am warm; I see the fire.”
17 From the rest he makes a god, his idol;
he bows down to it and worships.
He prays to it and says,
“Save me! You are my god!”
18 They know nothing, they understand nothing;
their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see,
and their minds closed so they cannot understand.
19 No one stops to think,
no one has the knowledge or understanding to say,
“Half of it I used for fuel;
I even baked bread over its coals,
I roasted meat and I ate.
Shall I make a detestable thing from what is left?
Shall I bow down to a block of wood?”
20 Such a person feeds on ashes; a deluded heart misleads him;
he cannot save himself, or say,
“Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?”
In my own opinion and point of view regarding the feeling of pope francis , I think he is sad, because whenever he goes around the world, people is screaming his name , wanted to touch him as if he is God.
Our priest , pastor, popular people who preaches GOD’s word are servants of our Lord Jesus Christ… I hope people knows that knowing Christ and accepting him as our personal saviour will bring us salvation..
This is just a continuation of Acts 5:15 which says ‘Insomuch that they brought forth the sick in to the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them…’