04 Apr 2012

Spy Wednesday

From Monsignor Pope.

Spy Wednesday Annual Reflection on the Sins and Shortcomings of the Clergy


This fresco (below), by Giotto di Bondone, is from the Life of Christ series at the Arena Chapel (Cappella Scrovegni) in Padua, Italy.  Giotto created it between 1304-06.

In this scene (number 28 in the series), Judas (who is holding a money bag) has made a deal with the religious leaders to betray his friend, Jesus.  Note the figure in black, which Giotto has painted behind Judas.  It is his representation of Satan. http://www.awesomestories.com/assets/judas-betrayal-fresco-by-giotto


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2 responses to “Spy Wednesday”

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    This is the first time I’ve ever heard of “Spy Wednesday”. I’d like to know more about it.

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    In 2007, I, the day after the Holy Father issued “Summorum Pontificum”, I told a friend of mine how happy I was the Pope made it easier to say Latin Mass. The pastor of the parish I was at said, “Sorry, there will be no Latin Mass here”. Looking back, what was I to expect at a Jesuit run parish with a pastor who, less than 5 years to the day earlier, told me he was more concerned with the poor and the homeless than with trying to get people to look appropriate in churches; I felt like saying, “I din’t know we had to not care about ‘social’ issues to care about moral issues, or vice versa”. Looking back, it didn’t take me long to sense he cared more about trying to use those less fortunate as an excuse not have to deal with moral issues, and the Jesuits have fallen into that trap big time!

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