Friday, June 16, 2006

There are some catholics left. Who knew?

In the spirit of the coming age of Christian persecution, the Catholic Church has decided to surrender Catholicism to the past and become a group of social workers operating out of double wides. At least that is the way it seems from north central Indiana where our bishops have always been cowboys.

So I was delighted when Mark Wayne -- who is NOT a Catholic and, in fact, the son of Pentecostal preachers, thus he halfway expects he is married to the anti-Christ -- proposed a day tour of Catholic Churches in Western Ohio. Of course that included the Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics. Above you see the earthly remains of St.Concordia, Martyr. (I deleted the photo because I was sick of looking at it.)

There are about 1600 relics there -- all first class relics, meaning they are an actual BONE of the saint. Like, for example, St. Augustine is there. And St. John the Baptist. There is even a piece of the True Cross there. Yes, friends, in the Catholic Church if you have been real, real, good when you were living, then, when you die, we cut you up and display you to the faithful. Quaint, eh?

Western Ohio is incredibly different than Indiana. Every here and there, you see a gothic spire ascend over the farmland and surrounding each of the many gothic churches are the graves -- usually German pioneers -- of the faithful. Delightful.


Blogger Jamie Carin said...

Very neat! We don't have anything like that here in New Jersey!

10:06 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

The bone display does seem a bit gruesome, to say the least.

We don't have anything like that in my part of Texas either. I can't speak for all of texas as it's a pretty big place. :)

11:20 PM  

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