Argentina: The Society of Saint Pius X obtains ban on blasphemous exhibition

Source: FSSPX News


By Fr. Guillaume Devillers


Cordoba, Monday December 20, 2004. The Cabildo, 50 meters from the cathedral, opened its doors to an exhibition entitled: “Christmas: 10 artists, 10 perspectives”. The announcement made the previous day, in the paper La Voz del Interior, promised that it would be presenting “unconventional views” of Christmas. The various television channels announced the fact, emphasizing in particular a blasphemous and truly odious painting against the mystery of the Incarnation, the Holy Ghost and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Fr. Julian Espina, former deacon of the Society and today a sedevacantist priest, blocked the entrance with some members of his association Mater Dei: “As long as I am here, no one is going in!” This was the Virgin Mary’s first miracle: the defenders of Our Lady were unshakeable, seeming to be rooted to the spot, and the fifty or so leftists who were jostling them were unable to force their way in. The local government officials decided to defer the inauguration “for security reasons”. The police arrived and closed the entrance definitively. Outside, the friends of Roque Fraticelli, the blasphemous painter, were furious, while the priests of the Society of Saint Pius X and a group of Catholics of the Legion of Mary sang the Rosary.


Tuesday December 21. News of the scandal was spreading, all the television and radio channels were at the scene, everyone was taking sides. For some, the scandal was the awful blasphemy against the Holy Ghost and the Virgin Mary. For others it was an insult to the sacrosanct freedom of expression. From 8:30am, Francisco Gelonch, from the diocesan branch of the Legion of Mary, installed himself in front of the cathedral, and was collecting signatures demanding the definitive closure of the exhibition. A legal appeal was presented. A second victory for the Catholics: the mayor of Cordoba, Luis Juez, announced the definitive closure of the exhibition, and dismissed from their office the Museum’s director and the undersecretary of the ministry of religions, Luis Gregoratti and Miguel Cabrera. Everyone was waiting for the reaction of the ecclesial authorities. Eventually, Fr. Saravia, president of “Pastoral Welfare”, let it be known … that he absolutely condemned the action of Fr. Espina and the Catholics who were with him as “violent” and incompatible with the Gospel. The priest Mariani, the darling of the media since the publication of a book in which he recounts his sexual experiences, said that the reaction against the exhibition “lacked maturity” and was “intolerant”. Francisco Gelonch announced for the following day a ceremony of reparation in front of the cathedral. The Society assured him at once of its support. In the afternoon, Mgr. Nanez, archbishop of Cordoba, published a communiqué in which he declared himself to be very worried by this insult to the religious feelings of the Catholic population in a public place, stressing, however, that he condemned all expressions of violence or attempts to propose the Gospel through non-evangelical means.


Wednesday December 22. Around 5 pm, Catholics of different parishes and groups began to assemble in the main square for the act of reparation. The leftists were also gathering around their red flags for a counter demonstration. The police had been informed, and they carried out their peacekeeping role to perfection. At 6 pm, all of the protagonists were assembled, and the beautiful statue of Our Lady of Fatima dominated the square from the façade of the cathedral. On her left, the red flags flapped in the wind, on her right were the standards of the defenders of Mary, and between the two, a police cordon:

 Anticristianos se han formado en batalla,

Desde sus filas se les oye blasfemar;

Nuestra Senora esta siendo blasfemada,

Vamos a luchar! (Himno cristero)[1]

 Fr. Xavier Conte, prior of the Society of Saint Pius X in Cordoba, explained at the microphone the meaning of this act of reparation addressed to God and Mary Immaculate, and led the prayers and canticles, as the procession moved off. It was the Joyful mysteries which were recited, since it was these which were especially attacked by the impious Fraticelli. A Renault Trafic, equipped with a powerful PA system, led the march. The Virgin Mary, magnificently decorated with flowers by the ladies of the priory, was carried by four of our faithful. The altar servers, in red cassocks, walked before Her, carrying the processional cross and banners. Then came the faithful, around 300 people. Passers-by looked on in amazement, many of them joining in the prayers and the singing.

 The crucial moment arrived. The procession made its way slowly through the streets of the town, then returned to the cathedral via a narrow road. The mob of blaspheming leftists and other “artists” rushed forward, yelling at the statue of the Virgin Mary, trying to block her route. Our young people ran to reinforce the police cordon. The Virgin continued slowly on her way, indifferent to the tumult. The singing of the faithful grew louder, interspersed with exclamations taken up by everyone: “Viva Maria Purissima!”, “Viva Cristo Rey!”, “Viva la Iglesia!”. In the Fraticelli camp, there was a remarkable explosion of hatred and cries along the lines of “Rotten Church, you’re bringing us dictatorship”.

 Hatred and love were face to face: in the two groups, separated by the police, the emotion reached its height.

 Que importa si

el enemigo es fuerte,

si lucho por la verdad!

La Virgen del combate,

pronto, pronto

los aplastara.[2]


The Virgin Mary took her place once more, at the top of the cathedral steps. Everyone knelt to say the act of contrition. Then the crowd, waving Argentinian flags, sang the national hymn, and Fr. Conte recited a prayer for the pope. The red mob ran towards the center of the square where Fraticelli, in the bitterness of his defeat, painted his miserable grafitti on a canvas. On our side, everybody went to offer flowers to Our Lady. Everyone wanted to show their love, renew their consecration, and thus make reparation for the insults of the devil. The crowd dispersed, resolved to return to battle whenever necessary.

 Once again, the Virgin Mary has crushed the head of Satan. The diocesan clergy were conspicuous by their absence, prisoners of their own liberal prejudices: When will they understand that blasphemy, error and evil have no rights?

[1] The enemy is arrayed for battle, blasphemies issue from their ranks, Our Lady is insulted, let us go forth and fight! (Cristeros hymn)

[2] What does it matter if the enemy is strong, as long as I fight for the truth! The Virgin of the combat, very soon, very soon shall crush them.