Missing Statue at St. Cecilia, Boston

Today we are taking a brief break from big topics like archdiocesan finances and the departure of the Chancellor.

Amidst the attention last week on St. Cecilia Church in Boston around the funeral of the late Boston mayor, Kevin White, BCI noticed an intriguing exchange in comments over what happened to a statue of Jesus Christ crucified on the cross with 3 figures at the foot of the cross.  Before St. Cecilia undertook their recent renovation, the statues were outside of the church. They were removed to make way for a handicapped ramp, but now that $18-20 million dollar renovation project is done, for some reason the statues have never been reinstalled.

BCI loves beautiful churches, so when a church does any form of renovation–or preferably, a restoration–we often are delighted to see how the original beauty of the church is restored. It is great to see layers of paint removed to reveal hidden paintings or artwork below, and to see older statues, stained glass, murals, decorative paintings, gold leaf, and marble restored to their original beauty. But when religious articles are removed, BCI thinks people should be asking questions about why that has been done.

That is apparently the case with St. Cecilia’s in Boston. We will call this the “Case of the Missing Statue.

Before the big $18-20M renovation and restoration project at St. Cecilia, the statue of Jesus Christ crucified on the cross with 3 people at the foot of the cross served as a wonderful reminder to all who passed about how Christ died to save us from our sins.

Below are photos BCI obtained of the statue during 2010 construction.

st cecilia statue of christ crucified

Nearby at the time, was this sign, “Respect this Sacred Space.”

A handicapped ramp has now been installed in this same area, and even though there is plenty of room for the statue, as you can see below, the statue is gone.

UPDATE: the picture below has been added thanks to a BCI reader who recently snapped a picture from the street level.

On the other side of the church, where the old parish hall used to be (20 Belvidere Street) before it was demolished, is a new glass entryway and a courtyard.  See below for the before and after pictures.

St. Cecilia Before Renovation Project

St Cecilia After Renovation

New Glass Entrance

Inside New Glass Entrance

St. Cecilia new courtyard (view from back side)

Notice in the above photos how the statue is not on this side of the church either.

In response to a question about the statue, reader “GGT” commented, “the statues you refer to have gone bye-bye.”  Indeed, it appears from these photos and a visit by several members of the BCI team, that the statues have gone “bye-bye.”

BCI is not sure what the explanation is for this. Perhaps the statues were in poor condition and needed to be restored or replaced. Maybe it is planned that they will be returned. The church reopened in December of 2010 after the interior renovations, and construction continued in 2011 on the attached rectory and redesign of the lower church into their parish center complex. That is all basically complete as best as BCI can determine.

For a renovation of any church–let alone one that cost in the range of $18 to 20 million–BCI believes the least that should be expected is that statues which symbolize the saving mission of Jesus Christ should not be permanently removed. If any readers know of a plan to re-install these statues at St. Cecilia and BCI is unaware of that plan, please let us know and we will issue a correction.

With Lent close at hand, BCI hopes St. Cecilia will find a way to restore and re-install these statues (or equivalent ones) depicting this same crucifixion scene in a prominent outdoor location where they can be seen by both Catholic faithful and non-Catholics.  One never knows when such a statue will inspire or convert even one person to a deeper appreciation for the suffering of Christ or to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

ps. We will return to a deeper analysis of the archdiocesan finances, including the growing number of people earning $150K+ salaries, during the coming week.

45 Responses to Missing Statue at St. Cecilia, Boston

  1. Liam says:

    This post strikes me as a bit of an overstep. It just makes it looks like you are looking for reasons to pick at the renovation further, and while it will probably cheer fellow critics, I am not sure it’s going to serve the larger goal well. That work was not, so far as I am aware, artistically or historically significant, and would be within the purview of a parish community to make a decision on its own without extramural kibbitzing. Subsidiarity and all that…. Catholic churches have a loooooong history of evolving their art (and I am not talking about the 1960s here, but going back many centuries).

  2. Liam,

    Thank you for your comment.

    If you have been following BCI for any length of time, you will realize that BCI has been very willing to take up matters relevant to individual parishes if we feel they may be of interest to our readers. We blogged about Holy Trinity in Boston having been put up for sale without any relegation to profane use decree. We covered the renovation project at St. Cecilia in multiple posts and we discussed a St. Cecilia bulletin insert which criticized the new changes to the Roman Missal. BCI blogged about the announced closure of St. Francis of Assisi in Cambridge, as well as the vigil occupations at St. Therese in Everett and St. James the Great in Wellesley.

    Furthermore, as you probably know, St. Cecilia also has a pattern of being in the limelight.Very few individual parishes spend $18-20M on a renovation.They were in the news this past week for the Kevin White funeral. They made international news for more than month last summer for their plans for a Mass to celebrate “gay pride.”
    http://articles.boston.com/2011-06-20/news/29680436_1_gay-pride-lesbian-congregation

    It is true that subsidiarity allows local decisions to be made locally. You will note that BCI did not ask the archdiocese to step in or ask people from outside the parish to voice their opinions.

    That said, even if the statues are not historically or artistically significant, it still feels like a step backward to remove public symbols of the Catholic faith from a Catholic church–especially at a time when we are making concerted efforts to boost evangelization. We have a secular society and government more than willing to intrude on our constitutionally guaranteed religious liberties. So, why would a church voluntarily removes a symbol of our Catholic faith on their own property? In an $18-20M project, surely it was not a cost issue.

    BCI often agrees with your comments, but in this case, perhaps we shall just have to agree to disagree. BCI maintains that this is an appropriate topic for BCI to take up. And we also stand by our comment that we hope St. Cecilia’s will find a way to re-install these statues (or equivalent ones) so that they might inspire a deeper appreciation for the suffering of Christ and greater love of Christ in the hearts of all who see the statues.

    • BobofNewtn says:

      If you are really on the case about a “missing statue, why not email the pastor of the parish and ask for an explanation about it’s “failed” reappearance? If there is no reply, let move further. As I did about the “birthday party”, I will use my best efforts to alert the media about this issue.

      However, it seems like small potatoes in light of what we Catholics in the RCAB face daily – 14% Church attendance, widespread support (in my opinion) for the flipflop by Komen organization to Planned Parenthood’s appeal to the general public (in my office of 228 alone, on the day of the denial, $6K went to Planned Parenthood by way of donations, and let’s not forget NYC’s Mayor’s offer to match uo to $250K in donations).

      Additionally, there was the non response by the RCAB to what BCI viewed as scandal over Mayor White’s funeral, etc. Frankly, the “bloated” salaries stories would be a relief to “missing statues” investigation! Give it a break – Fr. Unni is there to stay and, after that, up the ladder in the RCAB. In my opinion, count on it! Just a thought! LOL!

      • BobofNewtn,
        By means of an update here, the RCAB did respond to what BCI posted as concerns over the possibility of problems with Mayor White’s funeral. (The ordering of the eulogies was changed such that the politicians who were slated to give eulogies said their words before the Mass started).

        As for this situation with St. Cecilias, BCI did email the pastor regarding the statue and light sacramental schedule and got no response, as expected.

    • Liam says:

      I will press the point a bit further: that statue group was not readily seen from the street – there was a brick wall keeping it from being seen from the St Cecilia’s St (except for a bit of the top of the cross) in a way that your photo does not reveal: the ground level is below grade, and the wall higher than the head of most people, IIRC, and the little pocket yard was gated so it’s not like it’s a place people from the street could readily access.

      • Liam,

        Perhaps the message BCI intended to communicate is unclear or confusing to you, and if so, we will try to clarify. This discussion is not about whether the statue was artistically significant (as most in churches today are not) or how visible it was before the renovation. (BCI can post more pictures showing what it looked like before from the street).

        The statue of Jesus crucified on the cross would be visible from the street-level today as a powerful symbol of our Catholic faith–and much more visible than before.Our key question concerns why the statue was removed and not replaced. If you do not have a good reason for why it is gone today, that is fine. Why spend all this money renovating a church if not to be able to praise and glorify the Lord even moreso than before?

        BobofNewton, As for our choice of topic, BCI blogs on a variety of topics–some big and far-reaching in their impact, and some that readers might consider to be not quite so big and far-reaching, but that BCI still feels should be aired. If you do not like our topic today, you can always come back another day. As for the Susan Komen/Planned Parenthood issue, that has been covered so extensively elsewhere, that BCI feels we cannot offer unique value on that one.

      • Liam,
        Your justification for the removal of the statue on the basis that the statue group was not readily seen from the street or readily accessed before the renovation is disproven by the latest street-level photo posted (see UPDATE).

        BCI reader, Joseph, sent us this photo among others a few days ago, It shows how the area where the statue was before the renovation is readily visible from the street level today. If the statue or a similar one is returned to that location, it would be readily accessed and easily visible from the street level.

        If you are a St. Cecilia parishioner, please do us a favor and ask Fr. Unni why the statue was removed and when it will be returned to this location.

      • Liam says:

        Actually, my point was more subtle that than. The removal of the statue did not remove a public piece of art, which was the implication of your attack: that the parish was removing a devotional statue that had long been part of the public sphere. It was, instead, a private devotional piece. Your complaint now is really that they did not reinstate the piece so that it could newly function as a public piece of art.

      • Liam, you are still misconstruing the original post and subsequent comments. BCI never referred to the statue as a public work of art. We questioned why the statue was removed and has not been restored to this location, where it would now be an even more publicly visible symbol of our Catholic faith. Since there is apparently no plausible explanation for the decision to remove the statue, then let us simply acknowledge that reality.

  3. I live about 2 blocks away from St. Cecilia. There WAS a brick wall, which was removed to make room for the handicapped ramp. The gate’s also been removed. Last time I walked passed, I saw a sign on the door to the Parish Center on the below-grade level that said something about Berklee (students or classes) so I think more than just parishioners are going in and out of the building.

    The way the entrance and ramp are built today, if the statues were where they were before, they’d be easily visible from the street level to people walking past. I’m not sure why they’re gone, but BCI’s point about returning them sounds reasonable to me.Why wouldn’t a Catholic church want a statue outside if they have the room for it?

    Besides the quesiton about the statues, I’m befuddled about why they spent $20M to renovate a church that only has Masses only on weekends and no daily Masses. Fr. Unni only celebrates 3 Masses on Sundays–he has help from the Oblates or visiting priests for Saturday afternoon Mass and one Sunday Mass. There’s no schedule for regular confessions. If someone is looking for confession, they refer you to St. Clements or St. Francis chapel in the Pru and if your looking for daily Mass, their website refers you to St. Francis Chapel or St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine.

  4. rgk says:

    The building that was razed was not the rectory; it was the parish hall. Why are there no confessions or daily Mass at St. Cecilia?

  5. brsf says:

    St. Cecilia seems to be a paradox. It is a wonderful success story for the Archdiocese—an urban parish that is GROWING, yet somehow they always manage to stir up trouble.

    On the one hand, the Mayor White funeral was a vast improvement over the debacle of the Kennedy funeral. Fr. Unni and St. Cecilia deserve great credit for a beautiful mass.

    Yet on the other, (and as I mentioned on an earlier post) I’ve witnessed a baptism during mass by Fr. Unni that was a complete fabrication from beginning to end. The baptism was comprised entirely of his own thoughts and personal feelings about the baptism, which is wholly inappropriate and potentially invalidates the baptism. With such disregard for the sacraments combined with Fr. Unni’s openly public distain for the new missal, I am not surprised that there are no confessions, or daily mass at St. Cecilia Parish. Therefore, it is no surprise the statues are gone.

    I agree with BobofNewtn in his recommended course of action: “email the pastor of the parish and ask for an explanation… If there is no reply, let(‘s) move further.”

    While we are at it, also email the pastor for an explanation for the fabricated baptism, the lack of confessions and the lack of daily mass. “If there is no reply, let’s move further.”

  6. jbq2 says:

    As Adrian Monk would say, here is what I think happened. Christ on the cross is a symbol of the subservience of women in the modern church. Christ crucified is outdated and symbolic of the old Church instead of the new one which is based on social justice. We cannot have a religion which is symbolized by a crucifixion. Here in St. Louis, Our Lady of the Pillar (symbolic of an apparition of Our Lady in Spain to the Apostle James in the year 40 A.D.) has a similar and almost exact duplicate of your statue in question outside the Church and in the courtyard. It is close to being a carbon copy. Inside the Church, there is no cross. There is only a giant statue of Mary standing on a pillar in the exact spot where the cross should be. There is no tabernacle visible where the Eurcharist is held. The church has all of the mannerisms of a Roman temple to the vestal virgins. There are those in the Church who continue to tear down the orthodox religion from the inside. There is no need for redemption because there is no evil and no sin since man is basically good. This coming world government with its unified religion based on social justice will be the new standard and Christ on the cross is irrelevant. The only sin is one of racism or sexism. That is the real motivation of the “flim flam” of the disappearing statue.

  7. At my parish, the pastor celebrates daily Mass every day and 4 Masses every weekend. Finances are a constant problem–we’re barely able to pay our bills. It’s upsetting to me to see they spent nearly $20 million when so many other parishes are hurting to just pay their heating bills, and then they couldn’t even keep a statue of our Lord on the cross. I’m with BCI–something’s wrong there.

  8. Boston Pastor says:

    Why all the fuss over removal of a statue of Jesus? I commend BCI for this post–this is important precisely because it is a statue of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Liam, you seem to feel if it wasn’t a historicl art treasure on a marble pedestal for all to see, then bring in the bulldozer! don’t care if it was priceless or inexpensive, artistically significant or insignificant, visible from the street or not, though it’s nice that it is or could be. A decision to remove the statue of Jesus and not replace it would have been made or approved by the pastor. The archdiocesan properties office, under outcoing Chancellor Jim McDonough approves all construction projects as wel. Now that falls under John Straub, the interim Chancellor, slated for the actual role later this year. Remove a statue of Jesus here, and then remove the statue somewhere else, and a pattern gets established of disrespect for our Lord. I’d like to also know what justified the decision and approval by the archdiocese of the decision.

  9. Carolyn says:

    Count my vote for email the pastor and ask. I’ll pile on to the argument for the statue by pointing out that when the Blessed Mother Teresa statue of Christ was vandalized recently, the pastor there got the news out to every outlet in Boston that this was a serious wound to the parish and to the larger Dorchester community. So the importance of the presence of the statue garners support from the BMTC experience. I hope the rood scene (Christ, Mary His mother, Mary Magdalen and John the Apostle) returns to Saint Cecelia better than ever. One parish that has displayed a rood scene with great success is Saint Columbkille… and they just installed it in the past couple of years.

    I have noticed a distaste among “the cool kids” for the Crucifixion as an emblem of Catholicism. “Could we please have a religion that does not shove a man nailed on a cross in our faces?” That’s a direct quote from a young adult I spoke with recently.

    The sanitized 60s and 70s saw a lot of crosses, or symbols of crosses replace crucifixes in sanctuaries. No corpus, just the cross, usually made from glass or lucite or stainless steel. Pews with kneelers went, and chairs with nice cushions came in. Music had an elevator quality to it — something you could hum but the words were kind of vague. All these accoutrements were centered on the goodness of people, and not on their need for salvation.

    The 70s’ sanitized, comfortable, aura has given way again in most places to the religious goods, music and sacred objects that evoke the tenets of our faith. Can Saint Cecelia modernize for comfort and access, and still remain true to the primary icon of our faith?

    • Capt Crunch says:

      Yes, crucifixes were removed and replaced with stainless steel crosses or Risen Jesus statues; as in the case of my parish. Isn’t Isaiah 53 still part of our faith?

    • Carolyn,

      Thank you for your comments. We have emailed the pastor, Fr. John Unni, to ask about this matter but have not heard back.

      If anyone else would like to give it a try, his email address is junni@stceciliaboston.org. If you are successful in getting a response, please let us know.

      • DKinsela says:

        Any chance you’d suggest that people cc Msgr. Deeley?

      • On this particular issue, BCI is not going to make a suggestion as to who people should email and cc. It is entirely up to you!

        For your reference, the email address for Vicar General Msgr. Deeley is Vicar_General@rcab.org.

      • DKinsela says:

        Who out here is going to e-mail Fr. Unni and cc Msgr. Deeley? I personally am more concerned about the lack of daily Mass and the complete lack of confessions at St. Cecilia. And, I am extremely concerned over reports that Fr. Unni makes up the baptism rite and might be performing invalid baptisms. This is of far greater importance than a missing statue.

      • "Just Wondering" says:

        “Just wondering”

        Don’t waste your precious time. — both are protected and insulated. We need new leadership to correct the faults and correct the errors.

  10. DKinsela says:

    BobofNewtn, What “birthday party?”

  11. David S. says:

    I am not sure how relevant this question is to the topic at hand but a previous poster (Bay Bay Catholic) pointed out the relationshio between St. Cecilia’s and St. Clement’s and this got me wondering…

    How is it that the most Orthodox priests in the Archdiocese of Boston (Oblates of the Virgin Mary) are affiliated with St. Cecilia’s?

  12. DKinsela says:

    Ahhhhhh….because they’re neighbors? Yeah, that would be it.

    It’s interesting that you are surprised by this, David S. These are all good people. They don’t behave like so many of the posters here. There’s a very good relationship between the Oblates and St. Cecilia’s.

    • brsf says:

      Fr. Peter Grover is a good an holy man. He is a faithful servant to the Church. He is thoughtful and genuine. Why would he boycott a Parish? Why would he boycott the Eucharist? He would never. He is the eel deal. If the Archdiocese had more priests like him, this would be a much better world.

  13. DKinsela says:

    brsf, I couldn’t agree more. Fr. Peter is a good and holy priest. He is humble and works hard. If we had more priests like him, we wouldn’t be in such a bad situation with respect to vocations to the priesthood.

    • DKinsela and brsf,

      Thank you for your comments. BCI concurs with the positive comments about Fr. Peter Grover, OMV. From what we hear, he is an outstanding, hard-working priest who also is a gifted homilist and excellent instructor (he serves as adjunct faculty member at St. Johns Seminary). He also is an avid fly fisherman and expert in construction. Based on what BCI hears of his skill with construction projects at St. Clements Eucharistic Shrine from those who know him, had Fr. Peter been engaged to help advise on, oversee or manage the large-scale renovation project at St. Cecilia, there is little doubt that St. Cecilia could have saved many millions of dollars in expense. Readers should note that Fr. Peter is priest of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, and is not a diocesan priest.

      • DKinsela says:

        Yes, there is no question that had Fr. Peter been involved in the construction project at St. Cecilia, they would still have money in the bank and wouldn’t be in such a bad financial way. They really were reckless and both Fr. Unni and the RCAB are to blame. Two very different types of priest, Fr. Peter and Fr. Unni. One is modest, humble, and hardworking. The other…

      • brsf says:

        Could not agree more with all assessments about his work ethic and management skills. His work reveals a man of discipline, thoughtfulness, and prayer.

  14. Mary Reilly says:

    Does anyone else find the sign that says, “RESPECT THIS SACRED SPACE” to be a paradox?

    There appears to be buckets or construction tools on the base of the statue in one photo.The statues of Jesus Christ with Mary His mother, Mary Magdalene and the disciple whom Jesus loved were removed. And the new entrance to the church looks rather like an MBTA station to me.

    If this is how they “RESPECT THIS SACRED SPACE”, I wonder what they’d have done if it weren’t for the sign there.

  15. ctcrust says:

    Why retain a statue of the crucified Christ when it only focuses on sin and a Savior? We know there is no sin and no sin= no confessions.
    Better to eliminate gloom with a luminescent addition patterned after the Crystal Cathedral.
    Social Justice uber alles.

  16. Anna says:

    Wait a minute. I’m still back at Fr. Unni’s one day a week work-week. What is he doing the other six days a week? It’s my understanding he is spending it at some vacation home.

    I’m not so sure there is a shortage of priests as there is a shortage of supervision and accountability of the pretty boys. It’s my understanding that he is spending the other six days a week at some vacation home.

    Why is it this guy gets to work one day a week?

    Who is his supervisor?

  17. Anna says:

    Think about it. Here’s a guy whose practice involves invalid sacraments, clapping fornicator Masses, gross misfeasance and malfeasance of catechetics and working one day a week – and he is on the list of rising and untouchable stars.

    What is it all about?

  18. Jack O'Malley says:

    Anna,

    That “rgk” character that responded says it all. This is a temple to sodomy. That it continues to “subsist” as a Catholic Church is prima facie evidence of Cardinal O’Malley’s complicity in evil. That he is a cardinal at all is, given the abased morality of the post-V2 Church, a sign of the universal flourishing of evil in the Bride of Christ. O’Malley at best is a weakling. He will not act because he cannot act. He is a coward. He hides himself on his prie-dieu in implorations to the Almighty God of the Church Triumphant; yet he hasn’t the guts of the mortal mighty of the Church Militant for the fight.

    Is he a successor of the Apostles? Of Paul? Has he run the race? He hasn’t the stamina. Has he fought the good fight? He hasn’t the fortitude. Has he kept the Faith? Privately, perhaps. Publicly, not at all!

    But “let us not judge lest we be judged”. Lest we be thought “uncharitable”. Not “nice”.

    Nay rather, let us blame a shepherd who consorts with the wolves to ravish the flock. Even keeps a wolf pen in his chancery.

    Let the perennial pilgrim reap the rewards of his cowardice. Sheep scattered in fright. Wolves howling in hunger. Christ recrucified in expiation of the sin of cowardice.

    Obama took the measure of O’Malley as he tooke the measure of the apostates of Notre Dame. O’Malley betrayed our Lord and His Mother. Notre Dame betrayed Her for whom the university was named! Obama and his henchman Axelrod (!) laugh to scorn the bishops. And O’Malley is a prime reason for their scorn.

    Can anyone doubt that the title « bishop » means nothing less than « apostate » ? Am I being too harsh? Then « coward »!

    The St. Cecilia incident is not about a missing stone. It’s about the missing stones of the shepherd of this archdiocese in the face of the ravening wolves.

  19. Justyn Tyme says:

    The bottom line: The greatest need in the Roman Catholic Church today is the CONVERSION OF THE CLERGY (Bishops/Priests) to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in their personal lives and sacramental and pastoral ministries. In the end its all about the Glory of God and the Salvation of Souls.

  20. Stephen says:

    The Modernist have crushed the statue into dust under their heals in a mockery of Our Blessed Mother crushing the head of Satan.

  21. A Priest says:

    As a priest and pastor I too wonder what the Reverend Father is doing during the week as celebrating daily Mass is a big part of what I do every day. It is curious that one would spend 20 million to renovate a Church that has so little need to be in existence. What was the point other than to appease the LGBT community?

    • Anni says:

      Please come to my parish! We would LOVE to have a priest for whom saying daily Mass is “a big part” of what he does. My pastor says two daily Masses a week; a pastor in the next town says one. If it weren’t for retired Jesuits from Campion, most of them at least 85 years old, we would not have weekday Masses in our region. I drive over 100 miles a week to find 7 am Masses in two different churches. That is the only way that I can attend daily Mass. My pastor told a group of people that we had to “get over” the need for daily Mass. The Jesuits are getting older, and they won’t be able to serve us forever. Then what?

      I fear for what is going to happen when we are “reconfigured and reconsolidated”. Will daily Mass be a vestige of our past? We, the faithful Catholics, need priests for Mass and the Sacraments and we are being short-changed.

    • JUST WONDERING says:

      “JUST WONDERING” says….

      I’m with you, Father. The Mass is so important to me. I love to lead our people in this wonderful celebration. I wasn’t ordained for a “once a week” celebration, but as often as the needs come up. Let’s pray for a conversion of our entire Diocese.

  22. Stephen says:

    I repeat:
    The Modernist have crushed the statue into dust under their heels in a mockery of Our Blessed Mother crushing the head of Satan.

    It is curious to spend 20 million? Curious?
    What is truly remarkable is that the great apostasy spoken about at Fatima by Our Blessed Mother is clearly well upon us and it continues unabated.

    The modernists are in charge.
    Wake up, read The Oath and commit to it.

  23. Jack O'Malley says:

    As an ancillary observation, Russia has vowed to defend persecuted Christians in other countries: interfax report

    This is a significant statement. Perhaps Metropolitan Hilarion may persuade his friend Benedict XVI to nominate him coadjutor of the Boston archdiocese.

    He is a better preacher than O’Malley, a composer of genius of sacred music, a forceful defender of the One True Faith.

    And where has the Christian religion more need of stalwart defenders than here in the Marxist state of Obamica?

    Whatever the residual theologic and semantic misunderstandings between Orthodoxy and Catholicism, can there be any doubt that Russia has been consecrated to Mary’s Immaculate Heart? To the Theotokos?

    If the Good Lord is not present in an Orthodox Liturgy, He is not an immanent God. But in fact the RC Church admits the validity of Orthodox sacraments.

    The USA bombed Orthodox sites in Serbia and sided with the Mohammedans in Kosovo. Who can doubt that the wrath of the Crucified Lord may be visited upon this republic? This quondam republic. For the Constitution is torn asunder day by day by the Marxist henchmen of Obama. And our only hope is not the dastards in watered silk in the USCCB, but the two-thirds majority of Catholics sitting on the Supreme Court. Let us hope that another unanimous decision in favor of religious freedom comes forth from this august tribunal. Otherwise we are lost.

    In the meantime, may God bless Metropolitan Hilarion and Prime Minister Putin. And may God expel that anti-Christ Obama from power come November.

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