For a “new bond with the earth”…
Eco-Religion: “Earth Altar” installed at Novus Ordo Parish in Germany
The notorious Novus Ordo parish of Maria Geburt (“Nativity of Mary”) in Aschaffenburg, Germany, has done it again.
This past Oct. 3, while Roman Catholics were celebrating the Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux and the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, pastor Markus Krauth was celebrating something else at this former, and formerly gorgeous, Catholic church.
Officially, it was the German Erntedankfest, an annual feast of thanksgiving to God for the harvest that is commemorated also liturgically. Krauth decided to commemorate it as Erdedankfest, meaning he replaced the word for “harvest” (Ernte) with the word for “earth” (Erde).
Thankfully, the parish recorded the absurd spectacle on video, which you can watch here under the title “Earth Altar Table”:
The installation itself is entitled der Erde Erdlinge, meaning, “earthlings of the earth”. The pastor writes in the description box of his sermon video: “The earth is too small for the globe of the globalists. What we need is a new bond with the earth….”
He may want to focus on his bond with the Creator of that earth instead, but that might lead to an undesired Supernaturalism that isn’t focused on this world as man’s final end.
In his Epistle to the Romans, St. Paul warns of those “who changed the truth of God into a lie; and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen” (Rom 1:25). “Mind the things that are above, not the things that are upon the earth”, the same Apostle exhorts the Colossians (3:2).
St. Peter, the first Pope, reminds us that this earth, as important as it is for sustaining our temporal lives, will not last forever: “But the day of the Lord shall come as a thief, in which the heavens shall pass away with great violence, and the elements shall be melted with heat, and the earth and the works which are in it, shall be burnt up” (2 Pet 3:10).
If people were only half as concerned about the spiritual health of their immortal souls as they are about the average global temperature three decades from now!
The church of Maria Geburt is not helping in that regard. Known for its extravagant liturgical nonsense, it has in the past featured incredibly edifying installations and performances such as the following:
- Pentecost Swing
- Liturgical Theater of the Absurd
- Liturgical Clown Show
- Pentecost Dance
- Liturgical Absurdistan
For this coming Sunday, Oct. 10, the parish has announced as its theme: “The De-Clericalization of the People of God.” Sounds like a threat!
You really have to wonder what is going on inside the heads of people who do that sort of thing. It’s definitely not Catholicism!
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