The Catholic Church has kept two bodies of Gorg Preca. One is his true bones, and one a body embalmed in wax. The “saint” is kept above the altar.
The beautification of the Maltese “saint” George Preca raises a lot of interesting questions.
The Catholic priest died in 1962, and was buried. 38 years later, the corpse was exhumed. The grave was opened on 7th of July 2000. His skull and bones had to be examined. First 10 months later, on Wednesday 9th of May 2001, Pope John Paul II beautified Dun George Preca. Beautified, but still not canonized and declared a saint.
Six years later, The Maltese priest was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI. The canonization was announced on 3rd of June 2007.
To keep a corpse for examination over seven years before final sainthood, requires a lot of balsam and chemicals. Unlike the body of Don Bosco, the remains of George Preca has been kept as it looks. And since the sight is not pretty at all, I guess the Catholic Church on Malta decided to make another body of the saint. A body made of wax.
If the original remains now had been reburied, few people would be able to misunderstand. But since the Church keeps both the bodies for display, there might be a need for some additional explanations.
While the skull and bones are kept in a glass mounter for veneration and adoration: The embalmed copy is kept above the altar. In the same Shrine. And one picture shows both the bodies being kept behind the alter. One visual, and the other hidden.
Late pope John Paul II came to Malta to bow before an pray to the wax figure. The rest of the Maltese has done the same before the corpse that was removed from the grave.
It is not easy to understand that both these bodies can be “holy”. And if both the bodies are “holy”, we need to ask the Vatican how many copies of dead persons their Churches are permitted to make?
In regards to statues, we know the answer. There are thousands of idols of the same saint’s in Catholic Churches all over the World.
Another interesting side of the remains of this saint, is that the Church has kept a sample of his blood. I guess that sample was taken from the Hospital who treated him prior to his death.
The drops of blood is kept in a container, and Maltese Catholics are supposed to bow down and kiss the container with “holy blood”. It this is not idol worship and blasphemy, than nothing can ever be.
Let see what the official website explains to us, about the body of this supposed to be “holy man”.
The remains of the Venerable Mgr. Gorg Preca, exhumed on Friday 7 July 2000, from the crypt under the chapel of the Society’s headquarters in Blata l-Bajda, were found remarkably well preserved, 38 years after his death.
I do not agree that this body was “found remarkably well preserved”. But the readers can look at the pictures and judge for themselves.
Written by Ivar