Wednesday, 2 May 2007

New experience

We are having extraordinary experiences that we would just never have in our short stay in Rome.
It raises lots of questions about everything to do with life, culture, church and art.
Here near the Lateran Basilica, a huge concert is happening. The noise, as noise does, dominates everything.
It was amazing to me that amidst all this the side Chapel of the Holy sacrament is kept for silent prayer...and it is palpable. Today, however...the harsh culture of the world closed the front door of the basilica. It seems strange to me that in Rome of all places a majore religious building can be subordinated to decadent pop-rock culture. It is difficult to think that in Cairo, Jerusalem, Bangkok or even sleepy old Adelaide, people's religious sensibilities would be so readily trounced

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