Pope: Children to Write Vatican Good Friday Stations … Is Nothing Sacred?


An additional group of around 500 kids from the First Communion and Confirmation catechism classes at the Rome parish of the Holy Martyrs of Uganda have also helped prepare the meditations, the Vatican said.

While traditionally held at the Colosseum, the pope’s Way of the Cross will take place in St. Peter’s Square for the second year in succession due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The prayer, which is scheduled for 9 p.m. Rome time on April 2, will be live-streamed. Attendance by the general public will not be permitted due to Rome’s COVID-19 restrictions.

Each of the 14 stations will also be accompanied by drawings from young children and adolescents living at the Mater Divini Amoris and Tetto Casal Fattoria family homes in Rome.

The Mater Divini Amoris Family Home is run by the sisters of the Congregation of the Daughters of Our Lady of Divine Love, and currently looks after eight children ages three to eight.

The Tetto Casal Fattoria Family Home is a social cooperative that supports children and youth “in the growth and construction of a life project.”

Due to coronavirus restrictions, Pope Francis will hold the Stations of the Cross outside of St. Peter’s Basilica.

The Roman tradition of holding the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum on Good Friday dates back to the pontificate of Benedict XIV, who died in 1758.

After dying out for a period, the tradition was revived in 1964 by Pope Paul VI, while under Pope John Paul II the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum became a worldwide television event.

Each year, the pope personally selects who will write the meditations for the stations. 

Last year, Pope Francis asked the chaplaincy at the “Due Palazzi” House of Detention in Padua, northern Italy, to prepare the meditations.

Contributors included parents whose daughter was murdered, the child of a man sentenced to life imprisonment, a magistrate, a prisoner’s mother, a corrections officer and a priest acquitted after eight years in the justice system.   Click here to read above report at source


Is this a good idea?  To ask children and young people who, by definition, cannot possibly have experienced a sound Catholic education – to ask them to write meditations on the Way of the Cross? What’s wrong with the traditional Stations of the Cross written by St Alphonsus?  Does everything have to be modernised? Is constant change a good thing? Will these Stations be a mish-mash of silly ideas in the shallow spirit of the typical radio “Thought for the Day” genre?  Is nothing sacred?  


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23 responses

  1. What this highlights once again is that this Pope treats our holy religion like a play thing for children. Prior to this Pontificate we had the meditations of the great saints with their supernatural insight, now we are to be presented with the immature thought of youth. No one will convince me that Pope Francis has the fulness of the Catholic Faith. He’s a rank Modernist with a penchant for experimentation – as recently shown in that hiddeous-looking crib scene. He is by far the most destructive Pontiff the Church has ever seen.

    • Athanasius,

      I agree, 100%. This Pope is making a mockery of our religion. This is just the latest example.

      I totally endorse your closing sentence. “He is by far the most destructive Pontiff the Church has ever seen”. 100% agree,

    • Athanasius again i agree with you 100 % ,without a Doubt he is the worst acting Pope or Pope acting i have ever come across .Now hes saying that he didnt agree or put his signature to the Document Banning Homosexual so called Unions.The Mans a Legend . When did we ever believe that we would hear more Truth from the likes of Elton John than from our so called Catholic Pope. As you say this is just another one of his distractions as far as we are concerned from the One True Catholic Faith . Of which lets be clear here He does not Believe in . As the Ed said recently he just wants us all to sing Lenins Imagine . And this time their is no spelling error for that is where John got his idea from . The Communist Manifesto .

    • Athanasius,

      I agree with Lily agreeing with you 😀

      Yes, there is no explaining Pope Francis except, frankly, in terms of diabolical influence.

  2. This is the logical end of “active participation,” Modernist style. Instead of teaching Catholics the Faith, just stroke their egos to make them feel important – clear through to indispensable – while remaining completely ignorant. Not to mention the idiotic myth that was the foundation of the “Youth Synod” – that children must be listened to because of all that wisdom they have.

    I hope these youth are a lot wiser than I was from ages 8 – 19…

    • Spot on my friend .Am sure these Kids would get it tough to tell East from West. Sure the only way that i know it at 70 ,is West is where the Moon Sets.

    • RCA Victor,

      Agree with your first paragraph – totally.

      However, your second paragraph shows you have failed to move with the times…

      • Maybe Francis was reading the latest Marxist Garbage from the S.N.P.of how your kids can now shop us to the Polis when that Original thought came into his head .God Help Our Church from this Man .

  3. I’ve never heard anything so ridiculous – at least not for a couple of days, LOL! There’s one thing after another coming out of the Vatican or this pope’s mouth that is plain ridiculous.

    I can’t wait to read those Stations. It’ll be a joke. It’ll be like the bidding prayers at Mass, all “feely touchy” about this world and how the Stations, every one, will make it better!

    I can’t believe I’m living through this nightmare!

  4. It really beggars belief what this pope is doing. Anything to catch a headline.

    If the schools were in (I’m not sure if they are) this would be copied in lessons up and down the land, with teachers getting the kids to create their own Stations, and the laugh is, they’ve probably never heard of the Stations before, never mind attended them, but now that the pope has made it into a game, it’ll be all the rage.

    • MM,

      That is exactly right – teachers up and down the land will produce a sheet with the basic pictures, maybe spend a few minutes checking if the pupils recognise what each Station is about and then set them to drawing their own.

      And that might be fine in a lesson – make the pupils focus on each Station, think, reflect, discuss it. Put them up on the classroom walls. Nothing wrong with that.

      But for the Pope to set that task to youngsters for public prayer in the Vatican – WOW! No thanks.

    • RCA Victor,

      There already are child’s games with “station” in the name – like “Puzzle Stations”.

      The Pope needs to remember that there’s nothing new under the sun, LOL!

  5. This is obviously a bad idea. The Jesuits seem to delight in this kind of nonsense.

    One of the things which “broke the camel’s back” for me, as regards the novus ordo Church, was the use of uniformed school children to distribute Communion – by Jesuits, of course.

    I suppose I ought to thank them, for driving me into the arms of tradition!

    To be fair to the children who will be writing these meditations: I doubt their efforts will be any more banal than what the clergy or Francis might have delivered!

    It is typical sly Francis: another example of his casting off responsibility,yet cloaking his actions in the garb if inclusivity etc.

    • Gabriel Syme,

      In my opinion, for what it’s worth, your final paragraph reveals much clarity of insight – that is exactly what Francis is doing.

      It’s in the same category as “delegating” work to a subordinate in the world of business. Saves the boss time and gets the job done while the credit goes to the boss!

      Obviously, that is a bit of a stretch since all work has to be delegated at some level or another, but it can be used as a trick to offload responsibility. Well said.

      Oh, and in answer to your paragraph # 3 – God bless those Jesuits!

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