What is urgent is the evangelization of a world that not only does not know the basic aspects of Christian dogma, but in great part has lost even the memory of the cultural elements of Christianity.

                          Pope St. John Paul II

Boston Catholic Journal

I am convinced that the crisis in the Church that we are experiencing today is to a large extent due to the disintegration of the liturgy.

                          Pope Benedict XVI


Suggested Reading:

The Problem
of Evil

The Problem of Evil: Exonerating God

Exonerating God


CCD: Crisis in Catholic Doctrine

Crisis in
Catholic Doctrine:

the Grave State of Religious Education in America

Boston Catholic Journal

Write us:


Boston Catholic Journal
PO Box 80171
Stoneham, MA 02180 US



The Vatican, Pope Francis, and the "Light Show"


... minus “the Light (Jesus Christ)


The Smoke of Satan in the Vatican

“from some fissure the smoke of Satan has entered into the temple of God”

Pope Paul VI June 29, 1972,


It would frighten any child. It should frighten all adult Catholics.

The following are pictures from the presentation, authorized by Pope Francis and the Vatican to conclude —  as the finale — the celebration for the Year of Mercy (combined with Pope Francis's Environmental Encyclical Laudato si.  

Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the president of the Pontifical Council for the “NewEvangelization (rather than the “old that emphasized Christ ... ) described the event  as:

 “unique for its genre and for the fact that it is being displayed for the first time on such a significant backdrop. These illuminations will present images inspired of Mercy, of humanity, of the natural world, and of climate changes.”

Look and listen below, and tell us where you find any images or sounds “inspired of Mercy”.

Most likely they will offend you as verging on (if not culminating in) sacrilege; they will challenge your imagination in any attempt to accommodate these images and sounds with God and Holy Mother Church.

Note that there is not one single sacred image: not of Christ, of His Holy Mother Mary, or of anything remotely tangential to Christianity


Be sober and watch: because your adversary the devil,  as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour - 1 Peter 5.8 Claws? A ghastly coterie Snake skin?
An alien spider? Heads of ... unknown and perhaps unknowable Not a friendly encounter

Voltaire's "Noble Savage?"
Margaret Mead's Pacificist Samoans? Whirling dervishes?
Utterly irrelevant Utterly irrelevant Unknown Unknown
Not a friendly hand B-52 Bombers going where ... and from? Unknown and perhaps unknowable The Smoke of Satan in the Vatican

What do any of these images have to do with our culture, let alone our religion?


“Incorrect Images you that you will NOT find in the Light Show at the Vatican are:


Christ on the Cross — not allowed Jesus Christ — not invited Mary, Mother of God — personna non grata Too incorrect and religious for the sensitive
"The Bread of Life" — not on the menu Human Babies — by-products of "Breeders" Pro-Life — conspicuously absent Irrelevant "tissue"  irrelevant tpo the program

Listen to the Frightening, the Demonic Sounds from the “Light Show” below:


Intro to Fiat Light Show at Vatican Dec 2015

Demonic Sound 1

Demonic Sounds

Demonic Sound 2

Demonic Sounds

Demonic Sound 3

Demonic Sounds

Demonic Sound 4

Demonic Sounds

Demonic Sound 5

Demonic Sounds

Demonic Sound 6

Demonic Sounds

Demonic Sound 7


The Twin Towers

Is this a subliminal commentary on the Twin Towers as the “consequence” of  “sinful capitalism”, climate change, and ... payback”?


The music could be from a horror movie, and the images and sounds are deeply unsettling, even frightening. If these are images and sounds of Mercy — I politely refuse the offer.

And not one of the most beautiful and amazing of God
s gifts: a Baby in a mothers womb! And the presentation  was on the FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION!!!

Beasts. Growls. Grunting. Aborigines. Almost a collage of scenes from Hell. Especially the sounds.

I am ashamed of this ... even humiliated ...

NOT ONE IMAGE OF JESUS ... or MARY ... or of the CHURCH! But everything else conceivable (and

frightening) is spattered across the VATICAN!

I have no words to describe my shame as a Catholic. What a message to the world! It's not CHRIST, stupid ... it

And this irreverent farce of techno-genius was the finale of the opening celebration for the Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis? Shameful!

From all appearances, we will soon be worshipping at the zoo.

It was, in a single word, demonic.

Quo vadis, Francis?

Boston Catholic Journal





Boston Catholic Journal




Search the Boston Catholic Journal


Free Catholic Audio Library
Download Catholic Prayers
and more

The Little Office

The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary

of the
Blessed Virgin Mary

Novena to St Jude

 Novena to St Jude Printable 4-fold with one piece of paper
Printable Booklet
on 1 sheet
of paper, 4-fold, free

With Mary in the Rose Garden
Mary Immaculate, Mother of God
Reflections on the Rosary
with a Poor Clare Nun and Padre Pio

The Baltimore Catechism

Discover what the Church really teaches
Download the PDF

Thoughts in Passing about our Holy Catholic Faith

Thoughts in Passing
on our Life in Faith

The Practice of the Presence of God

 Brother Lawrence

Audio Files

Father Michael Schmitz

Father Mike Schmitz — Homilies

A Passion for Preaching

Pope Saint Pius X
Pray for us

Pope St. Pius X Pray for us

“I shall spare myself neither care nor labor nor vigils for the salvation of souls”



             Totally Faithful to the Sacred Deposit of Faith entrusted to the Holy See in Rome

 Scio opera tua ... quia modicum habes virtutem, et servasti verbum Meum, nec non negasti Nomen Meum 
I know your works ... that you have but little power, and yet you have kept My word, and have not denied My Name. (Apocalypse 3.8)


Copyright © 2004 - 2017 Boston Catholic Journal. All rights reserved. Unless otherwise stated, permission is granted by the Boston Catholic Journal for the copying and distribution of the articles and audio files under the following conditions:
No additions, deletions, or changes are to be made to the text or audio files in any way, and the copies may not be sold for a profit. In the reproduction, in any format of any image, graphic, text, or audio file, attribution must be given to the Boston Catholic Journal.