Following reports that Catholics were incensed over a ‘homoerotic’ Vatican nativity scene last December, right-wing Catholic LifeSiteNews revealed last week that ‘something very eerie and ominous’ occurred after the Pope blessed the ‘hideous’ and ‘sacrilegious’ display, which was ‘so clearly meant as a nod to the LGBT lobby’.
Wrote Anthony H Wagner, who is clearly no fan of Pope Francis:
At exactly the same time as the Pope left St Peter’s Basilica and walked to the crèche in St Peter’s Square, a squabble of about 500 seagulls suddenly flew up from behind the basilica and circled around the crèche.
They swarmed above the nativity scene, squawking and squealing for about the exact time it took for the Pope to walk from the basilica to the crèche. They then disappeared into a night sky lit up by an almost full moon.
The screaming, scavenging birds circling over the Vatican like a dead carcass, is perhaps highly symbolic of this pontificate, one that many see leading the Church in the direction of a kind of death.
He then offers a far less supernatural explanation for the appearance of the gulls.
The seagulls descend on the headquarters of the Church and pick at rubbish bins, leaving debris strewn across the sidewalks and roads.
The homeless are allowed to bed down under main thoroughfares and archways, on the outskirts of the colonnade and in front of the Holy See press office. Often they are drunk and disorderly, sometimes threatening passing tourists hoping to get a shot of the basilica.
For all of the Pope’s worthy outreach to the poor and the homeless, he hasn’t lifted them up and off the streets, but instead created a culture of homelessness around the Vatican.
Some have called the miserable scene “apocalyptic” … And all the time that the degradation and squalor continue in the Church — both physically and morally — no one is really speaking up and coming to her rescue.