(Bogota) A video triggered in Colombia showing a Protestant pastor who destroyed a statue of Mary on the feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, July 16.
The incident took place in Santa Cruz de Mompox, a city founded in 1537 in Colombia with today about 45,000 inhabitants. On July 16, the day the Catholic Church commemorates Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the Protestant pastor Ospina Gazcon publicly smashed a statue of the Virgin with a hammer.
Catholics of the country reacted indignantly to the desecration. The justifications of certain free-church circles of Calvinist imprint are known. Sadly, according to the faithful of the parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in which the incident occurred, these circles did not bother to verify the truthfulness of their prejudices. And that they do not know how to distinguish between veneration and idolatry. They would soon realize how wrong their opinions are, "but their consequences hurt us a lot," said a parishioner forthe daily El Blanco.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel is an honorary title of the Blessed Virgin Mary and patron saint of the Carmelite Order, whose origins date back to the Crusades, when crusaders withdrew in the Holy Land as hermits to Mount Carmel via Haifa in the early 12th century. There they had already found hermits of Eastern Christian tradition.
The incident in Colombia shows that it’s not only Satanists and Islamists who destroy Mary statues.
So far, no apology from the pastor has become known.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
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