September 21st, 2008 11:16 EST
Faithful Overjoyed As Saint's Blood Liquefies
"Thousands of Neapolitans crowded into the city`s cathedral on Friday to witness the miracle of Saint Gennaro -- whose dried blood is said to liquefy twice a year, 17 centuries after his death.
Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, archbishop of Naples, announced the blood turned to liquid at 9:45 a.m. (8:45 a.m.) and the glass phial was paraded to crowds outside, who set off fireworks in celebration.
`It (the saint`s blood) is the seed of hope for all of us,` Sepe said."
It`s disappointing that in a Western nation thousands still give in to silly superstitions, and it`s even more disappointing that the Catholic Church is encouraging such stupidity.
The Vatican has scientists and highly educated theologians in its payroll; the Church should be presenting a scientific basis for the change in the viscosity of the fluid in the vial.
The "saint`s blood" is not the seed of hope for all of us, the only hope for humankind is scientific progress. Science and the Catholic Church shouldn`t be at odds; I hope that the Church will refrain from promoting icons to keep their hold on their parishioners.