Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Rome and the Second Commandment

Why is it that the Church of Rome has such a flagrant disregard for the Second Commandment?

When parishioners of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Roman Catholic Shrine in Melrose Park decided to create gold crowns for statues of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus, they donated to the cause by reaching deep into their hearts and memories.

Joe Rosa gave his grandfather's wedding band. Corinne Principe wept as she slipped her own wedding ring off her finger. Antonio Godinez removed the big Jesus medallion he wore close to his heart and plopped it into a collection basket.

In all, 15 pounds of gold was given, including a dozen gold watches, several rings, bangle bracelets, earrings, chains and medals. Carrying out a religious tradition from Southern Italy, the donated gold was then melted down and molded into two new 14-karat gold crowns appraised at $75,000.

The call for jewelry went out last July during the feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and brought donations not only from the parish but from Italian Catholics across the nation. Struck by the devotion, the pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Rev. Claudio Holzer, e-mailed the Vatican to request a papal blessing for the crowns.

Few expected a response. But within a week, a Vatican aide approved and asked that the crowns be brought to Rome. Last month, Holzer and 35 parishioners traveled to Italy for an audience with Pope Benedict XVI where he blessed the crowns."This is very emotional for all of us," said Principe, who has been married for 41 years. "I didn't think twice about giving my wedding ring. I wanted a piece of me to be with her always, so she could pray for me and my family."

Read the entire story HERE.

“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 or 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 the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments."
- Exodus 20:4-6
Why is the Second Commandment so important?


Lukenkc said...

Why do they have disregard for so many Biblical teaching? Here is another story that I don't understand http://www.baltimoresun.com/features/bal-to.fa.saint28jun28,0,473746.story

Anonymous said...

As a former Roman Catholic I find it extremely interesting to look back at the teaching I received regarding Mary, the numerous saints, and how to properly worship in memory of them.

It is a dangerous teaching that so many are blind to. It goes beyond a mere memorial or reminder, to worship. Focusing our worship on anything but God is a sin. Corporately submitting in worship to anything that is not the triune God is the first step towards syncretism and superstition. Just look at the Roman church in Mexico and South America.

Todd Pruitt said...

Well put Denise. The proponderance of superstition within the Church of Rome has more in common with pagan spirituality than biblical Christianity.