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Buon Pranzo!

“Pope” Francis enjoys Lunch inside Bologna Cathedral

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Countless Novus Ordo parents who have taught their children not to bring food into church, have egg on their face today, as “Pope” Francis enjoyed a “solidarity luncheon” with prisoners, poor people, and refugees inside San Petronio Basilica in Bologna, Italy. This event was featured explicitly as part of the “Holy Father’s” schedule for the day.

No doubt the usual Francis defenders will find ways to excuse this profanation of a house consecrated for the worship of God. They may point to Francis’ “magnanimity” for the outcast, seek to find precedent in King David’s eating of the show bread in the Temple (see Mt 12:3-4), or remind us that Christ first gave people to eat before He instructed them (see Jn 6). But none of these things even come close to being relevant since there was no genuine need to eat inside the sacred building. No one was on the verge of starving, and food could have very easily been served to everyone outside the basilica. And of course it goes without saying that Francis will never instruct anyone in the true Gospel of Christ.

What did Christ our Lord say about profaning His Father’s house?

And entering into the temple, he began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought. Saying to them: It is written: My house is the house of prayer. But you have made it a den of thieves.

(Luke 19:45-46)

St. Paul the Apostle had something very specific to say about eating and drinking as it relates to divine worship:

When you come therefore together into one place, it is not now to eat the Lord’s supper. For every one taketh before his own supper to eat. And one indeed is hungry and another is drunk. What, have you not houses to eat and to drink in? Or despise ye the church of God; and put them to shame that have not? What shall I say to you? Do I praise you? In this I praise you not.

(1 Cor 11:20-22)

Here are some more photos of the profane spectacle:

Chaos Frank has demonstrated once again the appropriateness of his moniker.

Image credit: Osservatore Romano
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