A prominent Chilean fashion designer sparked an outrage in Chile by dressing up models like the Virgin Mary and allowing some to display their breasts in all their naked prominence. The Catholic Church in Chile is furious over the planned fashion show in which young women will display clothes and breasts. According to Ricardo Oyarzun, he was merely displaying some beautiful women, and some, will have a halo over their head to emphasize their religious virtues. “There is no pornography here, there’s no sex, there are no virgins menstruating or feeling each other up,” just clean wholesome beauty being shown to the world.
Of course, no one has any actual pictures of what the Virgin Mary looked like or whether or not she had ample breasts. Why do people consider beauty to be synonymous with sex? From what accounts indicate there are no sexual acts. Unfortunately, no one can ask the Virgin Mary her views on such body displays.
I would be more impressed if the Chile Catholic Church became outraged at the picture of starving children in Zimbabwe or dead ones in Gaza.
Jewish groups around the world have sharply condemned Pope Benedict XVI’s new version of a Catholic Good Friday prayer. The Easter holiday which commemorate’s the crucifixion of Jesus Christ has historically often been accompanied in the past by outbreaks of anti-semitism in Christian nations. Last month, the Vatican announced that Pope Benedict had revised the so-called “Good Friday Prayer for the Jews” which forms part of the Tridentine Mass, ofen referred to as the Latin Mass. The new version, translated from the Latin now reads: “Let us also pray for the Jews: That our God and Lord may illuminate their hearts, that they acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the Savior of all men.”
It is quite clear that Pope Benedict is no Pope John who at the Second Vatican Council had the Good Friday prayer revised to read: “Let us pray for the Jewish people, the first to hear the word of God, that they may continue to grow in the love of his name and in faithfulness to his covenant.”
Many Jews find insulting a prayer by the leader of the Catholic Church which implies they lack true faith and need some sort of guidance from people like him. His insensitivity is amazing. He certainly must be aware that anti-semites historically have used Good Friday to launch attacks on Jews by blaming them for the death of Jesus Christ. Perhaps, it is time for Jews to pray for the soul of Pope Benedict that he may gain awareness of his repsonsibility to spread peace and love.