Thursday, May 15, 2014
Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela Desecrated by Shinto and Buddhist Rites
(Madrid) The famous cathedral of Santiago de Compostela was desecrated by Buddhist and Shinto rites The Catholic Church prohibits in their churches every act of worship of another religion. Through the implementation of a strange rite a Catholic church is profaned, and requires a special rite to fix this desecration.
Nevertheless, it came as part of an event organized by the local tourist association "Japanese Week in Santiago", the desecration of the world famous place of pilgrimage cathedral by Buddhist monks and Shinto priests, who presented ritual songs and dances.
Tourism Association Organized "Japanese Week" and Allowed Buddhist and Shinto Dance in Cathedral
From the 9th to the 13th of May, Japan was presented in Santiago with a variety of events all year. It featured Japanese art, music and cuisine. On May 13th, the last day of the theme week, the event took place in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela called "The Spirit of Japan". The program announced the event as "Songs and Dances of Buddhist monks and Shinto priests of the prefecture of Wakayama."
But how is it possible that the cathedral of the Archbishop could permit the Tourist Office to make it available, moreover even for ritual acts of foreign religions? This is what Catholics are currently asking. For the tourist office Santiago de Compostela all religions are equal, so for that reason religious programs can take place in a religious context, specifically Buddhist and Shinto rites in a Catholic church.
Holy Mass in a Side Chapel - Idolatry Before the High Altar
While Holy Mass was celebrated in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of the Cathedral, the main nave of the church in front of the main altar was opened to Buddhist monks and Shinto priests for their rites.
The even was not mentioned on the website of the cathedral church, but without the consent of those responsible, the event could not have taken place. There is also no indication that the procedure required by the Church after a profanation, that is a purification rite, will be performed with a new consecration.
Are really all religions equal and a church is only a syncretic container dedicated to fit in all religions? What does Archbishop Julián Barrio of Santiago de Compostela mean by this?