I am hearing from devout Catholics who are upset about this story ...
An Oklahoma City satanist says he plans to protest the Catholic Church’s beliefs about Jesus’s birth by pouring costume blood over a statue of the Virgin Mary outside of St. Joseph Old Cathedral on Christmas Eve.
Here are my reactions.
First, it's very telling that Satanists are promoting abortion and same sex marriage.
Second, what the Oklahoma Satanist does not understand is how he's inadvertently witnessing for Christ. Compare Caiaphas, who when he remarked in the Sanhedrin that it was expedient that one man should be put to death for the sake of many, did not realize how deeply his selfish Machiavellian purely-political words resonated and revealed the deeper and more solemn providence of God (see John 11:51).
Because, you see, Mary has already been covered with blood. At the moment of her immaculate conception, she was redeemed and conceived in purity because of the Blood of Christ - which was yet to be shed (historically speaking), but by the virtues of this Blood alone are Mary and all of us made pure.
And, finally, as far as desecrations go, this is more diversion than desecration. The Satanists are using it for PR fodder, and some Catholic organizations are using it for fundraising fodder - fanning the flames of indignation over an admittedly horrific event, but one that pales in comparison to the more serious and less visible desecrations going on all around us. At every Sunday suburban Mass, you have poorly catechized Catholics, Catholics who use porn, Catholics who use contraception, divorced and remarried Catholics, Catholics who cheat the poor, Catholics whose sins stain the Body of Christ more darkly than any quantity of theater blood, Catholics who blithely receive the Eucharist, perhaps not knowing what they do, perhaps knowing what they do. That is desecration. The theatrics in Oklahoma is diversion.
For sins are more serious than symbols - and we dishonor Mary and Jesus by what pours out of our hearts more than by what pours out of a prop bag.
Having said that, it is our job to love these Satanists - our enemies - for as St. Paul says ...
If thine enemy hunger, feed him. And if he thirst, give him drink. For in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Rom. 12:20-21)