Body of popular “saint” to tour U.S.

The Catholic church has announced the body of “saint” Maria Goretti will soon be touring the U.S. There are currently forty-seven tour stops scheduled in 25 Catholic dioceses spanning 18 states.

Maria Goretti was a young, Italian Catholic girl who was fatally stabbed after resisting a rape attempt. She survived long ST MARIA GORETTI 7enough to forgive her attacker and died in 1902 at the age of 11. She was canonized in 1950, becoming Catholicism’s youngest “saint.”

Catholicism teaches miracles, favors, and healings are possible through the intercession of a “saint” and the “veneration” of his or her “relics.” Appeals are made to Acts 19:11-12 where handkerchiefs and aprons touched by Paul were used to heal the sick.

Most Evangelicals would consider the Catholic practice of venerating dead bodies or body parts to be unscriptural vestiges of medieval superstition. Why not go directly to the Lord for all spiritual and physical needs? But the Catholic system is based precisely on the mediation of the church – through its priests, sacraments, saints, Mary, etc., etc. Catholics are taught the church is the channel of God’s sacramental grace and they must then “cooperate” with that grace in order to merit their salvation.

Maria Goretti is very popular among Catholics these days and the church venerates her as the “Patroness of Mercy,” “Patroness of Purity,” and “Model of Chastity.” But not everyone agrees that Maria is a helpful role-model for women. Women’s advocates deplore the clerical misogynist concept popularized by the Maria Goretti legacy that death is a more honorable alternative than the “loss of sexual purity.”

I’m so grateful to the Lord that He freed me from the chains of Catholic ritual, superstition, and legalism. Praise the Lord for salvation by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ ALONE! The ONLY purity I can boast about is the purity of Jesus Christ, my sinless Lord and Savior.

400-197Above: “Saint” Maria Goretti with compulsory “halo.”

Some Catholics visiting Maria’s “relics” normally displayed in a basilica south of Rome mistakenly believe her body is “incorruptible” like some other “saints.” But what they see is a wax statue containing the majority of her bones. Her right arm, the most treasured “relic” because it was used to “defend her purity,” was given to the church of her small hometown.



“They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.” – Romans 1:25.

“As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in reverence. But Peter made him get up. “Stand up,” he said, “I am only a man myself.” – Acts 10:25-26.


Confirmed: The Body of St. Maria Goretti Will Soon Be Brought to the U.S.

St. Maria Goretti will be coming to the USA in September and stay until early in November

by Joseph Pronechen, National Catholic Register, 8/7/15


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