Why the church doesn’t want us to worship sacred objects
The Roman Catholic Church is trying to change the way that it deals with sacred objects.
A report released Tuesday by the Vatican Office of the Solicitor General said the Roman Catholic church is trying a new approach to its sacred objects policy, in a move that would not violate the church’s teachings on the meaning of the faith.
The move is being described by the office as an effort to “ensure the continuity of the Christian faith” while allowing religious leaders to “respect and honor” sacred objects and to “reject the damaging and unjustified distortion of sacred objects.”
The Roman Curia, the Roman government body that governs the church, has been criticized for its policy, which it claims is not only for religious purposes but also for preserving the Catholic faith.
It argues that “the secular use of these objects” can be “a powerful and necessary tool for the preservation of the religious integrity of a nation.”
While it may seem counterintuitive, the church argues that the goal of its policy is to ensure that religious objects and symbols are preserved in a way that preserves the unity of Christianity, and that is why it has not sought to forbid religious groups from using them.
The Vatican has a long history of attempting to protect religious objects, including icons, crucifixes, saints, and religious texts.
In the early 1900s, Pope Leo XIII banned the “use of holy objects, even by a non-Christian, to perpetuate the unity and continuity of Christian worship.”
In 1954, Pope Pius XII ordered that “all symbols, religious texts, and other objects of the church and of the Catholic community should be kept intact and should not be used to promote or defend any form of atheism or other atheistic religion.”
But, the Vatican has been under fire recently for allowing a large collection of religious icons and images to be displayed in the Vatican.
In 2014, a group of Roman Catholic nuns and monks led by Sister Agnes Fisichella, a nun from the Vatican’s St. Joseph’s monastery, filed a complaint against the Vatican over its policies, which they said amounted to “political censorship” against religious objects.
The group claimed that the Vatican had made it difficult for them to visit their homes and that they had been denied access to religious objects in a Vatican building.
The Roman curia has also argued that its policies are necessary for the Catholic Church to maintain its spiritual unity.
The policy says that “objects should be protected for their spiritual and cultural significance and that all people, including religious minorities, should be given the same right to the use of the objects for religious activities as everyone else.”
The Vatican’s position has also been criticized by other religious groups, including members of the Roman College of Cardinals, which has argued that the policy does not protect the “spiritual integrity” of the institution.
“In this case, it is not the case that objects of religion are not sacred,” wrote Cardinal Paul Coelho, president of the Pontifical Council for the Protection of the Sacraments.
“The policy, however, makes it possible for some to use these objects in order to advance their religious goals and to promote their own ideologies.”
The policy comes at a time when the Vatican is being forced to grapple with how to handle the increasing number of cases of sexual abuse within the church.
According to the most recent statistics, 1,943 priests and other church officials were accused of sexual misconduct during the course of the year.