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Please read this from G K Chesterton Rose;
"The ordinary sensible sceptic or pagan is standing in the street (in the supreme character of the man in the street) and he sees a procession go by of the priests of some strange cult, carrying their object of worship under a canopy, some of them wearing high head-dresses and carrying symbolical staffs, others carrying scrolls and sacred records, others carrying sacred images and lighted candles before them, others sacred relics in caskets or cases, and so on. I can understand the spectator saying,This is all hocus-pocus; I can even understand him, in moments of irritation, breaking up the procession, throwing down the images, tearing up the scrolls, dancing on the priests and anything else that might express that general view. I can understand his saying,Your croziers are bosh, your candles are bosh, your statues and scrolls and relics and all the rest of it are bosh. But in what conceivable frame of mind does he rush in to select one particular scroll of the scriptures of this one particular group (a scroll which had always belonged to them and been a part of their hocus-pocus, if it was hocus-pocus); why in the world should the man in the street say that one particular scroll was not bosh, but was the one and only truth by which all the other things were to be condemned? Why should it not be as superstitious to worship the scrolls as the statues, of that one particular procession? Why should it not be as reasonable to preserve the statues as the scrolls, by the tenets of that particular creed? To say to the priests,Your statues and scrolls are condemned by our common sense, is sensible. To say,Your statues are condemned by your scrolls, and we are going to worship one part of your procession and wreck the rest, is not sensible from any standpoint, least of all that of the man in the street.
But what if this person also has seen others worshippers kiss their idols ..say on tv ..in a movie ...
It was just a point about the appearance of sin..near occasion of sin .
How many priests ...give sermons regarding veneration of statues,.
Around here we have a,lot of foreign people ..including Haitians for instance ..
They sound up in Their own country with an odd admixture from the missionaries and their culture of voodoo ..You think not one of those folks thinks the statue has power ..that's just an example .
We think we live in such enlightenment ...I had a lovely non Catholic woman ..sincerely ask me if the host tastes like meat ...
Appearance ..I know you cannot change things ..And in the long tun not sure it matters if someone kisses s statue thinking it has power ..or rosary beads or scapulars...if they believe in the Saviuit eh o died for them.
But what about others..just saying but you do not want yo even admit one person might get wrong input from this ..
You think the Church is on God's level and never wrong
We disagree ..