A priest performed service in the sea wearing a swimsuit and an inflatable mattress

A priest performed service in the sea wearing a swimsuit and an inflatable mattress
A priest performed service in the sea wearing a swimsuit and an inflatable mattress

An uproar has erupted in Italy over a priest who decided to celebrate Sunday Mass in the sea wearing only his bathing suit. In fact, he mobilized an inflatable mattress in the absence of… Holy Table.

The incident took place last Sunday on a beach in Crotona, Calabria in southern Italy, where Catholic priest Mattia Bernasconi was accompanying 21 high school students, volunteers in the anti-mafia organization Libera, to a camp. It was the last day at the camp and the priest officiated in the water in his bathing suit.

Some of the bathers watched the service of the 36-year-old priest and took photos and videos, as a result of which the news was quickly reproduced on social media, in the Italian media and in the international press.

After the length of the issue, the Archdiocese of Croton issued a statement on its official website in which it criticizes the actions of the priest and states that “the liturgy of the Eucharist has a special language with actions and symbols, which it is right to respect and appreciate , without renouncing them with excessive frivolity. Above all, it is necessary to maintain decency and attention to symbols.”

The 36-year-old priest responded in turn to the Archdiocese of Croton through a letter. Father Bernasconi in his letter apologized and categorically denied that he intended to trivialize the liturgy of the divine thanksgiving. “It was just a service that ended a week of work with the young people who had participated in the camp,” the priest wrote and added: “but the symbols are powerful, this is true and they are eloquent. It was naive on my part not to give them the weight they deserve. I humbly apologize from the bottom of my heart for the confusion caused by the release of the images to the media,” he wrote.

The public apology and admission of error on the part of the priest, however, does not seem to have convinced the Prosecutor’s Office of Croton, who ordered an investigation for insulting religious doctrine.


The article is in Greek

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