Natalia Cruz investigó como llego deidad conocida como La Santa Muerta a Nueva Orleáns y quienes la veneran.
Featuring Sta Muertero Steven & Santa Muerte in the Crescent City
Andrew Chesnut apareció en el programa José Cardeno para promocionar su nuevolibro “La Santa Muerte, la segadora segura” y discutir la creciente tradición devocionalque rodea la Santa Muerte.
The following video from Yohanan Díaz Vargas features Martin George, editor of Devoción a la Santa Muerte magazine and leader of the Santa Muerte shrine in Iztapalapa. George is a vocal proponent of the fact that devotion to Santa Muerte does not include blood sacrifice, murder, or any of the violent associations that the global media has reported as part of the tradition.
Ceremonias espirituales en uno de los altares a la Santa Muerte enclavado en la delegación política más conflictiva en el Distrito Federal, Iztapalapa. En esta entrega de Expediente PUNTO CERO, el líder del culto a la Santa Muerte, Martin George, nos habló sobre todo lo que implica esta realidad que cada día cientos de personas se suman a su veneración en la República Mexicana.
“Adorar a la santa muerte es un error grave y si algún creyente o católico sigue esto será por ignorancia o porque ya dejó la fe católica.”
“Worship of Saint Death is a grave error and if any man, woman or Catholic continues this, it will be through ignorance or because they already left the Catholic faith.”
- José Luis Chávez Botello, Archbishop of Oaxaca
The Catholic Church has begun to go into greater detail regarding the condemnation of devotional traditions centering on Santa Muerte with two new statements from archbishops following quickly after a recent clarification issued by the Conference of Mexican Bishops. Now that an official statement has been made public, the bishops are spreading and interpreting the message to their dioceces giving us an opportunity for insight into the relationship between the Catholic church and Santa Muerte, along with a more nuanced picture of the condemnation.
Sanctification and personhood in the Catholic church
One of the key areas that’s been brought to light in the clarification, and in the statements issued by the individual bishops, is the nature of personhood in the Catholic faith. As confirmed by Her devotees, Santa Muerte is the embodiment of death itself, and within the framework of Catholic theology this alone bars Her from participation in sainthood.
Archbishop of Oaxaca, José Luis Chávez Botello, in a statement given during a regularly scheduled media conference at the Metropolitan Cathedral said:
La Iglesia canoniza personas de carne y hueso que se distinguieron por ser amorosas, no canoniza otros hechos u otras cosas y nunca va a canonizar la santa obediencia, la pobreza y la responsabilidad.
The Church canonizes people of flesh and blood who have distinguished themselves by being loving, it does not canonize other facts or other things, and will never canonize holy obedience, poverty or accountability.
Archbishop Chavez Botello went on to describe Sainthood as the recognition of “personas que vivieron heroicamente la fe,” or those who have lived a heroic life of faith. Without connection to a particular historical personage, Santa Muerte cannot be canonized within the Catholic faith. As an abstract entity associated with an existential state She is not qualified as one of the “hombres y mujeres de carne y hueso que nos muestran cómo vivir en la fe, en un tiempo concreto que les tocó vivir y no huyeron de su momento,” or “men and women of flesh and blood who show us how to live in faith, in a specific time in which they lived and fled their historic moment.”
The following note was sent to us via Asa Plinch, who penned this very apt poetic exploration of the devotional tradition surrounding La Santa Muerte after hearing Dr. R. Andrew Chesnut speak on the Interfaith Voices program:
As I listened to your interview on NPR, I scribbled down some notes. I have reconfigured them here in the form of an ode, or perhaps a prayer.
~ Asa Plinch
You give aid, you give comfort to the unfortunate poor,
you are there as well for the wealthy.
You give hope to the sick, you heal the infirm
as sure as you strengthen the healthy.
Señores with means, señoritas from the barrio
—all gather each month in prayer.
We offer our rosary, we make supplication
that you lead us from our despair.
Who are you, Señora, are you truly a Saint?
Why does the Church condemn you?
The Bishops abhor you, the deacons deplore you—
why, then do so many commend you?
You are righteous to all, as pure as a priest,
but there are so many who think it odd
that a woman might stand so low in the Church,
but second only to God.
I search through my humble Botanica in vein.
I cannot understand why you hide.
I see when you come you are clothed in darkness,
I see you are dressed as a bride.
A priestess, a reaperess, the Keeper of Justice,
—yet a patroness of thieves and of thugs?
Why do you hesitate to clear our streets,
of the narcos, the cartels . . . the drugs?
You are help for the helpless, love for the loveless,
—but what are you to the criminal?
Though they pray as well for your watchful eye,
—we pray your assistance is minimal.
You promise us justice and the rule of law
with your lighted candle of green.
May the seeds of your justice grow us a land
that is lush and safe and serene.
You promise us vengeance, —cold retribution
with your flickering candle of black.
May those you dispose remain in repose;
—may the vanquished never come back.
Though your eyes may not see the depth of our plight,
you are not so uncaring and blithe.
O, wield your great and terrible power:
Clean this land with your scythe!
And when you untangle our terrible burden
and remove these manacles of strife,
may you add a few grains of the sands of time
to the hourglass of my life.
O Santa Muerte, at my last grain of sand
—this I ask of you solely:
That my end may come imbued with peace,
my death untainted and holy.