Thursday, August 04, 2005

WYD Band is certainly NOT Catholic

I'm thinking things I probably shouldn't say, so I'm afraid you won't get my full opinion on this :). The word "livid" may be a good start...

Santiago, Aug. 04, 2005 ( CNA ) - In an interview with a popular music website in Chile, the Christian rock band from Argentina, Rescate, which boasts of being “the only Hispanic artists that will participate in the closing concert for the XX World Youth Day,” criticized Pope Benedict XVI, who will be the central figure at the celebrations in Cologne, Germany.

The 8-member rock band told the Chilean website “Musica123” that the group seeks “to spread the message of Jesus in a language that is understandable to every person.” In the interview granted during their first visit to Chile, the band said, “Personally, we don’t think the Pope is God’s representative on earth. Jesus came to do away with any intermediary between God and man, and therefore we have a direct relationship with Him.”

“To me the Pope’s strength is more political than spiritual,” said vocalist and band leader Ulises Eyherabide. “This Pope, who is so orthodox, so rigid and not very ecumenical in eyes of some, could turn out to be a surprise because of how he might be forced to change due to political situations from which he cannot escape.” “Replacing John Paul II obviously has more of a political than a spiritual significance,” he added.

I really want to know who invited these guys- really really want to know. I won't be suprised if, upon saying something like that at WYD, they would be boo'd off the stage. Honestly, I'd like that.

I'd expect that the bands preforming at WYD would be compromised of Catholic bands. Even if they are not Catholic, they certainly should not be insult our Holy Father when asked to entertain for us!


At 6:35 AM, Blogger Lauren said...

Eh, I'm sure the Pope has had much worse. So long as they don't get up on stage and slander the pope (and it's not really slander to say "we don't believe in the Pope as the spiritual head of the church " -- because they don't) then it should be an occasion of conversion for them. There were slews of conversions, a you know, after the death of Pope John Paul II, partially because of the turnout of the faithful. WYD this year is probably going to be as huge or huger.

At 8:48 PM, Blogger fj said...

I'm not saying the Pope hasn't had worse.

I don't think a band which will publicly deny the role of the Pope and the Church should be preforming at WYD. There are already enough Catholics who don't know what exactly the term Catholic entails- chosing a band, a role model- which denounces the faith is wrong.


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