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Typically the Saints are killed by someone else or die of natural causes, often their body resisting the process of decomposing is a sign of them being a saint in the first place. I know not everyone gets it and I would probably never kiss a box with a head in it, but some of the mysticism behind every religion is what makes it a religion in the first place.
Out of all the things to take issue with in organized religion, especially the Catholic church, a head in a box is pretty low on the list.
I just posted the true anecdotes about the religion that most people have no clue about. People shouldn't be mocked for telling the truth.
An interesting juxtapose to consider, back when the scientists and great minds like Leonardo Da Vinci where sneaking around doing autopsies behind the Church's back as it was considered the practice of a Heretic, the Church was desecrating its dead and putting their heads into glass boxes, cutting out hearts, and adorning their Cathedrals with Bones.
I do have a curiosity about the subject, as I find it very interesting how over a billion people came to this religion even though for 100's of years the average person could not even understand the Language of the religion, that just seems beyond intuitive.
Honestly, my religious beliefs probably align pretty closely with yours. But little infuriates me quite as much as when people try to push their beliefs on others. Of course, that should also apply to those who try to push their lack of beliefs on others.
Every religion does stupid ****. Catholicism included. Lord knows I've made plenty of jokes with my Catholic friends, usually in bad taste, about it. But being an atheist or agnostic doesn't make you (or I) better than anybody who chooses to believe.
Yeah, I am not a very religious person. I am Catholic by name and in the rare event that I do attend a church service. My interest in Catholicism is family related and I find the history of the church fascinating. Oh, and graphic er, the picture you are painting of bones and relics and Catholics brutally ripping bodies apart is not commonplace in 99% of the Catholic world. They do have their relics in the form of body parts (more like pieces--they are tiny most of the time), but they all stem from the early days of a very old church. Like others have said, Catholics have their issues, and I think the bones/relics aspect is one of the more curious things to single out.
But regardless, I get a chuckle when I think about the all the admiration and cheer this New Pope has received, and all the talk about what his impact will be, and how millions of people around the world are putting their hope into him, then you realize that next month he is gonna be carrying around town a decomposed skull on a pillow, or inspecting the adornments of a mummified saint in preparation for Easter.
And as you may get a chuckle out of our (Catholics') and other religions' "absurd" traditions, I get a chuckle out of the fact that you are choosing to focus on a bloody skull over the lives he could affect positively. Certainly says something about your outlook on the world.
Also, calling a church's tradition "absurd" is in and of itself an inflammatory comment, but I'll just leave that one alone because I honestly don't care that much.
So you think whether or not there's a decomposed skull in a box has bearing on whether or not someone can impliment change. Okay.......
As far as impacting lives, I will grant you this new Popes backstory sounds impressive, but I will find it hard to believe that he will have any sort of huge impact on the poor from behind the castled walls of the theocratic city-state.
What is a decomposed skull? Dust?
As for "relics" as they are called, most are tiny chips imbedded in the alter of a church and few have ever seen them, they may even be a wood chip rather than bone. From your original description I would have expected bones hanging from the rafters. So I would like to know more about these cathedrals that are adorned with bones from wall to wall etc. Where are they and how are they currently used?
We have a real skull used by my wife's grandfather who was a Doctor. Is this "absurd" too?
slide show on the bone churches of Europe.
While I guess most if not all are Catholic, this doesn't strike me as as being a "Catholic thing". Westminster Abbey in London, after all, is famous for its many tombs.
Some of this tardition comes, I think, from a tradition where honoring the dead by displaying their bones wasn't really considered all that creepy, though it sure seems creepy to us now.
And this is one of the heads he was talking about.
The religious guidelines on PD make a lot more sense after seeing how this thread has taken shape.
From looking at the photos and reading the explanation, their existence seems logical. I thought from what you said they were used in some kind of weird cult ritual. But if there is no longer room for the remains to be buried in the cemetary, where better to place the remains than in a local chapel or Church? If they placed the bones in a mass grave or burned them or disposed of them in any other way, the Church would still be up for criticism by non-believers. This way the remains of people who desired to be buried there are still within the proximity of God's House.
As for the skull, I know next to nothing about this but will certainly be looking into it.