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TOPIC: The Carnival

The Carnival 2 years 4 months ago #15

  • Dianne O'Brien
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“We have created new idols. The worship of the ancient calf has returned in a new and ruthless guise in the idolatry of money and the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose.” – Pope Francis

The local parish priest at Santa Cruz church in Puerto Vallarta seems to be obsessed with making money, regardless of the cost in terms of human suffering, or so some local Catholics say. This is the exact opposite of the message coming from Rome and Pope Francis. The pope is his superior; ergo he is showing himself to be a disloyal subject.

The church sponsors an annual “fiesta”, which in fact is a travelling carnival. It sets up a roller coaster, Ferris wheel and such rides for kids and takes over a section of the city for two-to-three weeks. It reaps as much money as it can, gives a percentage to the church, folds up its tents and rides and leaves town for the next sponsoring church in the next town.

Meanwhile, local residents have their lives disrupted with noise levels off the charts. Shut-ins who live in the area occupied by the carnival cannot get out because the streets are shut off to vehicular traffic. One woman uses a walker. She goes from her door to a waiting car when she goes out. When the carnival is in town she is trapped within her home. She has to make her way to either corner to get a taxi or meet her ride. Another woman has serious lung problems and cannot carry bags of groceries; hence she takes a cab from the super market to her home when she shops. When the carnival is in town the cab has to stop at the corner and she has to find some way to get her bags of groceries from the corner to her home in the middle of the block.

It is impossible to watch TV or listen to music when the carnival is in town. The noise levels exceed safe limits and would be outlawed in most civilized cities. One person is battling cancer and has been advised to avoid stress. It’s a killer. The roller coaster, arguably the noisiest ride of all, is at her front door. It is impossible to avoid the noise stress. But the church gets a percentage and the church isn’t about saving lives; its focus is on saving souls. Saving souls must be a great deal more expensive than saving lives.

There is another threat and perhaps the widest reaching of all. On the corner is a liquor store. During the 49-to-50 weeks when the carnival is not in Puerto Vallarta the local drinkers buy booze and drink on the street outside the store. Midway in the block is a vacant lot. The drinkers use this lot as their toilet. They urinate and defecate there. The carnival has set up children’s amusements and rides on this lot.
Yes, really! How healthy is that and do you want your child playing in a cesspool? When you get home and your child complains of an upset tummy or headache, it may be more than too much cotton candy.

How important is the money the church takes in? How much of it goes to help feed and house the poor? How much of it goes to cosmetic changes to the church’s appearance such as new tiles and entrance ways to the church?

Cosmetics for the church surely are more important than human lives.

Dianne O’Brien
Puerto Vallarta
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