Banalising God: The Ikea Wall Clock As Monstrance



Forgive me if I am saying something wrong here, but I always thought that a Monstrance had to be splendid. Not nice. Not beautiful. Splendid.

This is, very obviously, because the fact that the Monstrance is destined to carry the Blessed Sacrament has as obvious corollary that no material can be too precious, no design too elaborate, no expenses can be deemed excessive.

In the end, the Monstrance – even the most elaborate – will always be the palest attempt at conveying the Preciousness of its content. Still, the more precious it is, the less unworthy the attempt. 

I now see on Father Z’s blog the photo reproduced above, of the “propeller-monstrance” used in Fatima last weekend and carried by the Evil Clown himself.

What immediately strikes me as evident is not the ugliness of the design, but the banalisation of the object and, by reflection, the downplaying of its sacred content. Vatican II and, the more so, its latest version on steroids, aims at taking the divine out of the Church. In the same way as Francis keeps insulting the Blessed Virgin as an ignorant girl of the people, which not only banalises but outright protestantises the way the Church sees the Blessed Virgin, he does the same with this monstrance; which, though certainly made of silver, could be any frame of a domestic clock for people who never learned subtlety.

The design wants to be everyday decoration. The material wants to look like everyday metal. There is nothing here of the exceptional effort, immediately visible to the onlooker, that said “the importance of what is contained here is such that no contained could be too precious”. No, this here looks like an Ikea wall clock that has been dismounted to put a huge host in its place.  

The sabotaging of everything that the Church is and believes is not only made of off-the-cuff speeches and heretical homilies. It is also visual as visible symbols are very apt to convey theological meanings, a fact of which the Church has made the most wonderful use during the centuries. These visual symbols are now demolished one by one: banal and horrible croziers, the demise of the tiara or the sedia gestatoria, the refusal to wear appropriate papal dresses and, now, the extreme banalisation of even the monstrance containing the Blessed Sacrament. It starts with communion in the hand, it ends with the Ikea monstrance.  

To Francis and his people nothing is sacred. Everything must be banalised and reduced to your everyday experience. The Blessed Virgin didn’t know what was happening. She was, perhaps, angry at God under the Cross. Laudetur Jesus Christus must be substituted for buonasera.  The Blessed Sacrament is shown in an Ikea decoration article. 

But woe to the one who builds a wall to keep illegals and criminals out. 







Posted on May 16, 2017, in Bad Shepherds, Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. It looks like a beacon from a Star Wars spaceship that has been struck by lightning.

    This photo was in my local secular newspaper with this quote of Francis: “Our Lady foretold and warned us about, a way of life that is godless and indeed profanes God in his creatures. . .such a life frequently proposed and imposed, risks leading to hell.”

    What moved him to say that?

  2. ladyofquality

    That would be the ugliest CLOCK I’ve ever seen, never mind monstrance. So sad, and despicable. It’s not even gold, is it? I thought it had to at least be gold. Loss of beauty, loss of faith.

  3. ilovevictoriasbows

    M, I believe it’s a mirror.

  4. This monstrance is not at all devotional….there is not much else one could say about it.

  5. Bullseye. And when one contemplates, that these innovations cannot possibly be accidental. These are not just unintentional changes of design, we can’t possibly believe that at this point. These men seem allergic to the idea that any Catholic should look to the Church and find something recognizable, something familiar they can cling to. Nono, we must be reminded day after relentless day that all that is familiar is gone or going, victim to their eternal tinkering.
    When I contemplate our elderly brothers and sisters in the faith, maybe about to leave the world, and they look to the Church for consolation, and don’t recognize what they hear or see…it’s a bit much.

  6. I thought it was supposed to be the Miracle of the Sun. But it is truly very ugly.

  7. I like it that in its hideousness it matches perfectly the man’s homilies, his theology, his love and his mercy.

  8. I am speechless… the sense of sacrum is completely lost with this monstrosity.

    Our parish priest was fundraising for an antique monstrance made of silver for months because God deserves the best.

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