Cult of the Saints

Padre Pio was an Italian monk who apparently bore the stigmata, the bleeding wounds of Christ in his hands and feet. Forty years ago, he died and was soon proclaimed a saint by the Roman Catholic church. Now his body has been exhumed and put on display for veneration. His body, of course, had decayed–which was doubtless a disappointment to those looking for that miraculous sign of sanctity, a body that did not decompose–but a lifelike silicon mask and other reconstruction has made the body presentable. See Thousands flock to exhumed body of saint Padre Pio , which includes this sad sentence:
“A poll in 2006 by Catholic magazine Famiglia Cristiana found that more Italian Catholics prayed to Padre Pio than to any other figure, including the Virgin Mary or Jesus.”

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Joe

    Some things never change …

  • Joe

    Some things never change …

  • CRB

    It’s really sad!

  • CRB

    It’s really sad!

  • Anon

    I’m surprised it is being allowed.

  • Anon

    I’m surprised it is being allowed.

  • Jack Kilcrease

    What’s even more interesting is that it’s now surfacing that Pio was extremely anti-semitic. Surprise, surprise. Of course so was the Catholic Church circa 1940. But since Vatican II, they actual go so far as to claim that Jews need not convert to be saved. I suspect this is pretty embarassing for them.

  • Jack Kilcrease

    What’s even more interesting is that it’s now surfacing that Pio was extremely anti-semitic. Surprise, surprise. Of course so was the Catholic Church circa 1940. But since Vatican II, they actual go so far as to claim that Jews need not convert to be saved. I suspect this is pretty embarassing for them.