Saint Ignatius, O.F.M. Cap., was born in 1701, the son of peasants at Laconi, Sardinia. As a young man he vowed, during a serious illness, that if he recovered his health, he would consecrate his life to God in the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin.
He died on May 11, 1781, and many miracles were said to have occurred at his grave. Brother Ignatius was beatified in 1940, and canonized in 1951.
It is typical for Roman Catholic worship of the dead, to keep a skull for adoration and veneration.
We do not know is this is a skull of a martyred Christian killed by the Catholic monk, or a skull of a forefather the priest has cut off from the skeleton. Under all circumstance, it is morbid and grotesque.
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.
Written by Ivar
An eye opener,and the darkness around all these non- Biblical gizmos,
How about opening your eyes to the History of the Early Christians!!! Bible is incomplete without Tradition! Many early Christians since the 2nd century were persecuted for their faith, leading many Christians in Rome to hide in the catacombs. As a result, they found themselves praying and worshipping God surrounded by the tombs and bodies of the dead. When possible, they sought to pray among the bodies of dead Christians, sometimes using a coffin or tomb for an altar on which to celebrate the Eucharist. From the early apostolic times, it appears the Church held a respectful veneration for the dead. They reported witnessing miracles in connection with the bodies of dead Christians, such as healing, or observing sweet-smelling myrrh exuding from their bones. This, combined with their belief in the Resurrection of Jesus and future resurrection of all Christians (the Resurrection of the Dead), eventually led to the veneration of saints and of their relics. Early accounts of martyrs include Christian witnesses making great efforts to obtain the remains of the martyrs and the Romans sometimes trying to prevent this. Also, it became common to continue to ask Christian leaders to pray for them, even after the leaders had died, as they believed that these Christians were still able to pray and that their prayers would still be effective. Later, most of the various Protestant sects that broke away from the Catholic Church in the 16th century repudiated the practice of asking intercession from the dead, despite its origins in early Christianity.
The Roman Catholic Church, as well as the Anglican Communion, Eastern Orthodox Churches and Oriental Orthodox Churches venerate saints who are in Heaven. Although not necessarily ancestors, the saints are considered departed from Earthly life. They are honored through prayers and feast days. Such holidays to honor the dead in Christianity include All Saints’ Day, All Souls’ Day, and Day of the Dead.
Since the Roman Catholic church DELETED the Second Commandment which says that IDOLATRY is forbidden, it’s no wonder that you see nothing wrong with worshiping among skulls and bones. And why not? You already bow down to icons, worship statues, adore decomposed “saints” and chant repetitive prayers with rosary beads. I bet you wear a scapular and believe in purgatory as well.
Following the blasphemous traditions of men, especially idolatry, will keep you eternally separated from God, both on earth and after death. “IDOLATERS shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” (Rev. 21:8.)
The Bible warns us to stay away from people like you, who sneak in as a wolf among sheep: “They will hold to an outward form of godliness but deny its power. Stay away from such people.” (2 Timothy 3:5.)
You comments appear to have a form of godliness, however you are blinded and deceived by your father (the devil) and are intent on compulsively carrying out his plans to take as many souls to hell as possible. Your Roman Catholic doctrines MOCK the Lord Jesus Christ. You preach “another gospel”. The Bible says that we should have a “perfect hatred” for those who work for the enemy in attempting to deceive. “I hate them with perfect hatred: They have become my enemies.” (Psalm 139:22.)
How does it feel to be hated and an enemy of God, Kevin? (Not my words, but God’s.) We are to worship the Lord in Spirit and in Truth. But you, Kevin, worship amongst lies. The Catholic translation of the Bible is BLASPHEMY. How dare the Roman Catholic church EVEN ATTEMPT to THINK that they can change God’s law! If you see nothing wrong with altering the Ten Commandants then you simply belong to satan. “He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the TRUTH, for there is NO truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
“You shall not make for yourself a CARVED IMAGE, or any likeness of ANYTHING that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments.” –The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:2-17.)
can you show me in the Scriptures where it says we are supposed to do anything like pray to the dead? or venerate the dead? or keep bits of dead people to pray to? just because it’s “tradition” doesn’t mean it’s approved by the Father.
You guys are full of hate and not love as Christian should be doing!!!
Praying for the Dead Proved from Scripture
2 Timothy 1:16-18 (RSV)
May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiph’orus, for he often refreshed me; he was not ashamed of my chains,  but when he arrived in Rome he searched for me eagerly and found me —  may the Lord grant him to find mercy from the Lord on that Day — and you well know all the service he rendered at Ephesus.
2 Timothy 4:19
Greet Prisca and Aq’uila, and the household of Onesiph’orus.
Onesiphorus, of course, is generally accepted to have been dead when Paul wrote these passages.
Dear Kevin Wright.
You are not permitted to publish booklets in this comment field. Catholic priest and laymen normally do the grand jump, and are not willing to debate the present topic. They copy Vatican approved explanations, and stick to the “Holy Fathers” version of the gospel.
The topic is the present article. The article display a skull at the alter, and a “saint” that has been removed from the grave, and “beautified” with a golden death mask.
The Roman Catholic Church venerate and adore corpses, skulls and skeletons. Christianity is not supposed to be a zoo. There must be something in your head, that tells you that this kind of religious manifestation is morbid and grotesque. Or are your spiritually totally disconnected?
Kevin, I have read 2 Timothy, and I do not see how Paul praising a fellow Christian then translates to praying to or for dead Christians. I do not read Paul saying that, and I am at a loss as to how ANYONE could interpret Paul’s words in that way. Worship and prayer is to be directed to God ONLY. I also note from both your posts (I don’t know if anyone else noticed this) that you have not mentioned God anywhere. “Lord” is not the same to me, we have people called “Lord” that are mere men, but only my father in heaven can be called God. Blesses am I am for knowing you, Abba. Thank you for directing me to your true church and not the false Roman Catholic one.
Yeah, Catholics don’t worship or idolize the dead. If you have questions, catholic answers is pretty good. The catechism of the Catholic Church (book) is better though. Lots of prayers!