Thursday, April 24, 2008

Catholics are morbid

We atheists recognize that Christianity is just a death cult in general, focused on life after death more than the here and now, but Catholics are especially morbid in the way they are obsessed with remains of dead people. Like the Golden Calf people made when Moses went up on the mountain and left them alone, since no god shows up to answer their prayers they turn then to dead saints to hear their prayers in hopes of the dead dude granting them like some genie in a cadaver. This is just more evidence that people make their own gods and put their hopes in things magical when earthly cures and answers are not found.

Thousands flock to exhumed body of saint Padre Pio

SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO, Italy (Reuters) - The exhumed body of Padre Pio, a saint considered a miracle worker by his devotees, attracted thousands of pilgrims on Thursday when it went on display 40 years after his death.

Padre Pio is one of the Catholic Church's most popular saints and during his lifetime the Italian monk was said to have had the stigmata, the bleeding wounds of Jesus' crucifixion on his hands and feet

Among the stories that surround the monk, who died at the age of 81, is one that he wrestled with the devil one night in his monastery cell and emerged bloodied and bruised.

However, he was dogged by accusations of fraud. A book last year suggested he was a self-harming man who might have used carbolic acid to cause his wounds. Church officials have denied he was a fake.


I found the video on YouTube (YouTube has everything!)

“His face was reconstructed with a lifelike silicone mask of the type used in wax museums because it was apparently too decomposed to show when the body was exhumed.”


Spirula said...

he wrestled with the devil one night in his monastery cell and emerged bloodied and bruised.

Sounds about right if "the devil" is a RC euphemism for underage boys that fight back.

Stardust said...

Anyone else if religion wasn't involved who had bloody hands and feet would have been locked away in solitary in a mental hospital and watched closely to see how they were doing the damage to themselves. If locked away from sharp objects and caustic acid, and if the wounds were still there then that would really be something. But they don't do that to god botherers. They just write it off as a miracle...because it keeps the superstitious sheeple herded together like they want them.

Tommy said...

Sounds about right if "the devil" is a RC euphemism for underage boys that fight back.

Thanks for the good laugh Spirula!

Stardust said...

I had to remove the photo of the dead guy...tooo toooo creepyass and hated looking at it every time I scrolled through here.

Anonymous said...

Definitely creepy.
What I want to know, or maybe I missed it, but WHY did they exhume the body????
Did they think the body would get up and do a dance? Perform miracles? Tell the flock of sheep about the supposed after-life?

Stardust said...

Hi greg, they exhumed the body because he supposedly had "had the stigmata" and those people are believed to be magical and a "channel" to god and healing somehow.
They exhume people who are considered magical and pray to them like a genie in a bottle...only these bottles are cadavers. Isn't that one of the most fucked up things you will find in the western world? And Christians are against Harry Potter when this is the same damn thing, as far as I'm concerned there is no difference. Magical fiction is magical fiction (except it turns into mental illness when people believe the fiction to be reality.)