The Veiling of the Cross

A cemetery in Bologna has started covering up the crosses in a chapel whenever non-Christians (presumably mostly Muslims) hold ceremonies there. From what I can gather based on the video and the article, the chapel also functions as a crypt, and each of the locations in the wall where the remains of loved ones are interred is marked with the symbol that people find so offensive.

I find the following statement by the Cardinal of Florence to be very instructive: “The transformation of Western societies into multi-ethnic, multicultural, and multi-religious societies is a fact and a future that inevitably awaits us.”

The transformation of Western societies is only “inevitable” because decision-makers at the highest level have decided not to avoid, stop, or prevent it. If it were not deemed expedient by the Powers That Be, then the transformation would never have been allowed to take place.

Many thanks to He Ha for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Below are excerpts from a Breitbart article about the same issue:

Crosses in Italian Cemetery Covered to Avoid Offence to Other Religions

The cemetery, which is located in Bologna in a town of around 7,000 people, has also installed motorised blackout curtains in a local chapel following renovations to hide Roman Catholic symbols during ceremonies involving other denominations, Il Giornale reports.

Following the reports of the coverings of the symbols, many have expressed criticism including Forza Italia (Forward Italy) deputy Galeazzo Bignami who denounced the move saying those looking not to offend were disrespecting Christian values and he added, “even more so the memory of our dead, hiding them behind ‘motorised tents’ in a cemetery to avoid offending other religions.”

“If the administrators are ashamed of our tradition and our culture, they should go and hide themselves and not just behind a motorised tent. If they are not able to bring respect for the living at least they have the decency to leave the dead alone and not involve them in foolishness,” he added. …

The Archbishop of Florence has announced he will be selling 86,000 square feet of property to a Muslim group in order for them to build a mosque in Sesto Fiorentino.

Cardinal of Florence, Giuseppe Betori, approved of the sale saying, “The transformation of Western societies into multi-ethnic, multicultural, and multi-religious societies is a fact and a future that inevitably awaits us.”

In the northern city of Bergamo, another Muslim association has spent nearly half a million euros on an old church, which they also plan to convert into a mosque.

Video transcript:

00:01   Blurring the tomb of my departed is something I won’t accept.
00:07   Pieve di Cento, 7,000 inhabitants, near Bologna: here the City Hall
00:11   has decided to cover the Christian symbols inside a cemetery chapel
00:15   that will be reserved for believers of other religions or for atheists.
00:20   The people of the village are divided about the matter. —Have you heard they want to cover…?
00:24   [Speaking in Bolognese dialect] —Can you translate, please?
00:28   They should cover theirs!
00:32   This is the City Council’s deliberation. Among the works
00:35   of renewing the cemetery, here it is written, blurring systems.
00:38   If they draw a tarp over my tomb, my religion won’t change.
00:46   I am an atheist; I want a place in the cemetery that respects the departed’s will.
00:51   A cross is a cross: does a cross bother them? Or does that person who was crucified?
00:55   Try to cover a Muslim symbol: you will see what they will do to you.
01:01   In Pieve di Cento the debate is still going on and the mayor has understood he made a blunder.
01:07   Since there are elections in a month and a half, in this community they try to instrumentalize
01:15   some misunderstood words in a quarrel that can be solved civilly and normally.
01:24   So you will change this deliberation? —The next mayor will decide.
01:28   Which is your tomb? —Here rest my father, my cousin, my grandmother and grandfather.
01:34   I want to go to the cemetery without seeing tarps covering (the cross). The mayor told me:
01:38   “It’s not fair”. Well… whatever; his words were like a knife in my heart that morning.
01:42   I have my loved ones here: it’s a deep personal sentiment of mine.
 

Hat tip for the article: AF.

18 thoughts on “The Veiling of the Cross

  1. Baron,
    It stands to reason. The Cross, and the Gospel, is the sweet odor of life to them who are being saved, and the stench of death to them that are perishing. I can testify to that from my BC days. The only difference between me and the Muslim is that they are more violent while I wanted simply to be left alone with my beer and not be reminded of my sin. I suppose that we Christians smell so badly that they must kill us and bury us so that we will go away. Putting a tarp over the Cross won’t make it go away, but once we are raptured they can have all the empty crypt spaces.

  2. The Catholic Church has become a totally corrupt, evil institution that no longer stands up for any of the teachings of Jesus Christ or Christianity. The entire hierarchy from the Pope to the Cardinals, Bishops, etc. seem only concerned with spreading the new religion of Chrislam as exemplified in the stories and comments published here on a daily basis.

    Where I live in suburban NY, the Catholic Church is dying. They no longer support their schools or their churches. In fact, they are selling some of their properties to Muslim organizations, even in Northern Westchester. Attendance at Mass is way down and the Churches that are left are struggling to survive.

    The corporate church that is making so much money via immigration and human trafficking, does not share that money with the parishes that are left. And they wonder why so many people are leaving. The Catholic Church is a sick joke.

  3. This is just another assault on the Christian religion that the leftest politicians are helping take place. We dare not says a bad word about Muslims as that could get you put in prison today in some European countries but it’s ok for Muslims to burn down churches and desecrate grave yards where Christians and Jews are buried. When will the people wake up and see what their politically correct leaders are doing to them and their countries. Are they so weak minded to speak out anymore?

  4. So disappointing. I thought Salvini could reverse the damage but some are determined to press on with destruction. Who will clean out the catholic church and how soon?

  5. I’m offended by the sight of a mosque..will they be covered too ?..like their women..I assume that they are women under all that sackcloth.

    • Good idea, to veil also the male Muzzie faces with their filthy beards and hostile stare. They are an insult to humanity.

  6. I’m surprised Muslims would even want to be buried so close to infidels, but if the symbols offend them, they should make other arrangements. Perhaps the James Doohan solution (“Scotty” from “Star Trek”) might appeal? (scroll down to “Death”): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Doohan

    On the broader question of converting disused churches to mosques, while I understand why this is offensive to some, it’s a symptom rather than a cause; probably better than demolishing them. If a religious building, in current use or not, is of historical, architectural or historical interest, it is for the broader society to decide whether to preserve it, and how this should be funded. I can see no justification for using public money to build, or convert, mosques or any religious structures; this is surely for the community concerned to finance themselves.

  7. Is there some financial angle to this? Why else would an historic Catholic/Christian cemetery go to such an extreme to alienate Christians and appease a perceived “offense” by Muslims?

    • Your suspicion may be right: with a decreasing number of christian burials, the often church- run cemeteries in catholic areas have problems to make use of their numerous unoccupied lots. My parents and grand parents were buried on the same plot in a church owned cemetery, e.g. At each funeral we had to by the 25year lease over again.
      Within the span of 20 years the amount was outrageous, like 4000$ for 60 sqft, which was more expensive than that surface purchased in the most expensive city centers.

  8. This is nothing less than a loud and public statement that we know and believe that islam is intolerant of other faiths.

    If the RCC leaders and the general public truly believed that islam is tolerant, they would perhaps protest the covering of crosses as being a statement that islam is intolerant and therefore coverings constitute a hateful act.

  9. Not new, During an event at the Vatican during John Paul II’s reign, commemorating the Holocaust, crucifixes were either covered or removed.

  10. It seems to me the real disintegration came when bureaucratic and administrative control, as well as the spiritual teaching, of the Catholic Church became global. The local Catholic administration is responsible not to the people they serve, but to a global bureaucracy in Rome. The foreseeable consequences: dilution of message, corruption in administration, and pandering to the loudest segments.

    The Vatican should not own any properties outside the Vatican, and should definitely not control any local finances.

    If I remember history, the Church was embroiled on chaos, controversy, and dissension when it was focused simply on Europe. There is no way it can stay on any sort of message focused on administering properties and personnel in the entire globe.

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