Someone has to say the truth… 

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INTO THE FRYING PAN! Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi and the Venice Biennale

Straight from my kitchen… Heat Level: HIGH

By Marielena Montesino de Stuart


Banalities at the Biennale



The president of the Vatican’s  Pontifical Council for Culture, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, has been called “the most interesting man in the Catholic Church.”

I beg to differ.



Ravasi is at it again– showing off his bizarre “meeting points” with contemporary culture.

This time, the very misguided Cardinal Ravasi has decided to express his support of modern “art” at the Venice Biennale– known for its (Warning – offensive): cesspool of “art.”

Yes… an entire pavilion filled with weird, Kafkaesque stuff (Warning – offensive): commissioned and presented by the Holy See, through its Pontifical Council for Culture.

Somehow Ravasi appears to have found donors to support this project. The Holy See Pavilion page states that “criteria of sobriety and economy have guided the project and design of the Pavilion, whose costs have been entirely covered by sponsors, particularly ENI and Intesa SanPaolo.”

Where is “frugal Francis” when you need him?

What is interesting is that while Francis is running around claiming that he wants a poor Church for the poor — money is being donated and spent for these banalities at the biennale.

CARDINAL GIANFRANCO RAVASI - UNESCO, VENICE BIENNALE, COURTYARD OF THE GENTILES - BY MARIELENA MONTESINO DE STUART Copyright © Marielena Montesino de Stuart. All rights reserved. 2013-06-03 at 2.26.06 PM


Yet, we don’t hear “frugal Francis” complaining.

But again– what can we expect from Francis– the man who sits on the Throne of Peter and actually makes statements such as, the Lord has redeemed everyone… even the atheists.” 

According to Francis, atheists just have to meet us “there.”

Francis and Cardinal Ravasi are clear manifestations of the bizarre and dysfunctional world of the modernist Church hierarchy.  A hierarchy which continues to sit inside the train wreck of Vatican II– acting like it’s going somewhere with its  50+  year-long “dialogue” with Communism and materialistic atheism.

This painful waste of money at the Venice Biennale  will last from June 1 through November 24.

View the Holy See Pavilion coverage here and here.

Let’s think…

Michelangelo and the sublime beauty of the Sistine Chapel.

Cardinal Ravasi and the cesspool of the Venice Biennale.

What a difference 500 years make!   Someone has to say the truth… 

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