[quote=Ghosty]Given the sparsity of actual words from the people being interviewed, I think we’re missing a LOT of context. Is the woman refering to the skull as if it was a pet, or to the soul of her cousin who’s skull it belongs to (which seems more likely given both Catholic and Bolivian tradition)? Is the priest talking about the use of the skulls, or the blessing of them?
Since this is an AP article, and not particularily detailed, I think it’s unnecessary to get too concerned about it. They could just as easily have taken
The Grace of relics is definately from God, but it’s incorrect to imply that they are simply just like any other objects otherwise, like a blessed rosary. The bodies of the dead have a very special reverence due to them, and this is reflected by our practice of burial, ossuaries, ect. This is part of the reason why people who commited suicide were not buried in Catholic cemetaries. I’m not sure if you meant to imply that, but I wanted to clarify just in case
Also remember that just because the trappings of a practice have pagan roots doesn’t make it bad. The Jewish practice of ritual sacrifice, which we continue, is from the pagan faiths. Even Jesus is called a “priest of the order of Melchizidek”, and Melchizidek was a pagan priest of Salem.
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I thought Melchizedek was a Jewish priest? Also, when you say that the ritual sacrifices of the Jewish people came “from the pagan faiths,” do you mean that the Jews, without regard for the will of God, simply adopted pagan practices to suit their tastes, or are you simply affirming the fact that pagan peoples practiced ritual sacrifices before and at the same time as the Jews? I acknowledge that much, and I don’t deny that pagans may have had grains of truth beneath all of their myths. My knowledge of the Old Testament is inadequate, but I thought that the ritual sacrifice of lambs as atonement for sins was something God instructed the people of Israel to do, until Christ came and made the final, perfect sacrifice which is re-presented to us at every Mass.