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US Bishops call for prayers with Greeks about Hagia Sophia. Fr. Z suggests a different approach.

The Turkish government has transformed Hagia Sophia, one of the greatest CHURCHES in what was once upon a long-lost time known as Christendom, into mosque.

The Greek Orthodox Church is not happy.  The US bishops want to show solidarity.  So they tweeted.

How about this?   How about every US bishop get down on his knees before the altar in his cathedral church, live streamed, and – for a fortnight – recite Pius XI’s Act of Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus?

Most Sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before Thine altar. We are Thine, and Thine we wish to be; but to be more surely united to Thee, behold each one of us freely consecrates ourselves today to Thy Most Sacred Heart.

Many indeed have never known Thee; Many too, despising Thy precepts, have rejected Thee. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Thy Sacred Heart. Be Thou King, O Lord, not only of the faithful children, who have never forsaken Thee, but also of the prodigal children, who have abandoned Thee; Grant that they may quickly return to their Father’s house lest they die of wretchedness and hunger.

Be Thou King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof, and call them back to the harbor of truth and unity of faith, so that there may be but one flock and one Shepherd.

Be Thou King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism, and refuse not to draw them into the light and kingdom of God. Turn Thine eyes of mercy towards the children of the race, once Thy chosen people: of old they called down upon themselves the Blood of the Savior; may it now descend upon them a laver of redemption and of life.

Idolatry and Islamism.

Hmmmm….

I am reminded of two things that happened in the Vatican Gardens.

Remember the prayer session with Muslims by the “Peace Tree” planted in the Vatican gardens in 2014 when the imam read the passage from the Koran that claimed Vatican City for Allah?

Remember in October 2019 the horrific idolatrous rite to Pachamama, involving another tree planted in the Vatican gardens? And the ritual bowl for demonic Pachamama was placed on St. Peter’s altar at closing Mass of the Amazon Synod (“walking together”)?

Maybe the US bishops would do better to aim their prayers at another of the greatest churches built in long-lost Christendom.

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