Italian cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, has reiterated his denunciation of Santa Muerte issued in Mexico City four years ago. Speaking yesterday at Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria he said, “These depravaties, blasphemies, and idolatries have become a real and perverse cult among Mexican narcos with the veneration of Santa Muerte, modeled on the popular Virgin of Guadalupe.”

Cardinal Ravasi’s first condemnation was made four years ago during a four-day tour of Mexico City. During his 2016 trip to Mexico Pope Francis then followed the lead of his Italian confrere rebuking the Mexican death saint as the “macabre symbol” of narco death culture. Earlier this year American bishops broke their long silence on the fastest growing new religious movement in the U.S. (and across the Americas) with two prelates from Texas and one from New Mexico warning Catholics against venerating the folk saint. The AP’s Russel Contreras broke the story.

2 thoughts on “Top Vatican Official Rebukes Santa Muerte – Again

  1. Yes, it’s that old Vatican gang again, poking their collective nose into issues that do not concern them, going on as usual trying to control the world’s population in whatever way they can. The Vatican is a world power, NOT a “church.” (Read, “The Vatican Holocaust,” by Avro Manhattan ~ it’s a free download). There is an effort among the power elite to bring about a one-world race and a one-world religion, and this arrogant condemnation of La Santa Muerte is just a part of that. The Vatican will continue in its ongoing effort to control how people live, how they think, and how they practice religion, so those of us who know better than to take them seriously will simply go on ignoring them. However ~ let us remain vigilant because the Vatican is still a very powerful organization. Most people do not realize this. And they will try to manipulate large segments of the population as they always have in order to remain in control. People often speak of the Vatican’s dark past, not realizing that it has dark present also. I have heard far too many non-Mexicans making harsh criticisms of La Santa Muerte, as if they had any idea of what they were talking about. Those who do not understand need to stay away. No one is asking for their input. Even Alex Jones on youtube got into the act a year or so ago with his comments. Why? What does it matter to him? La Santa Muerte is a very ancient tradition, but whites have tried to insist that it’s “the evil religion of criminals” because Mexican drug lords often have tattoos of LSM. I could argue back that many criminals, both white and latino, have tattoos of Jesus and the Virgin Mary. Based on that, I could argue that therefore Jesus and the Virgin Mary are evil. But I’m more rational than that. The Vatican is being a pain in the backside again, and those of us who’ve seen through the illusion of “holiness” they create will simply ignore them. The Vatican, after it’s long dark, brutal history, is in no position to lecture to anyone …


  2. 2023…”as if THEY” had any idea”….I genuinely feel that Santa Muerte is truly International. No culture nor country can claim Death as their own. Each of Her family members carries their unique understanding of Her in their hearts…..Free from Institutionalised dogma and elitism that others would preach….Death will greet the fearful and the faithful in the end.


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