|Pope St. Pius X|
"The tango has already been condemned...and is prohibited. [I urge clergy to defend] the sanctity of Christian usages against the dangers threatening and the overwhelming immorality of the new paganism."
He warned parents that if they did not protect their children from corruption they would be guilty before God of failure of their most sacred duties.
He went on: "It is everything that can be imagined. It is revolting and disgusting. Only those persons who have lost all moral sense can endure it. It is the shame of our days. Whoever persists in it commits sin."
This is right in line with many, many other saints as St. John Vianney preached:
|St. John Vianney|
And in another sermon:
"Is it not at these gatherings that the Devil so furiously kindles the fire of impurity in the hearts of the young people in order to annihilate in them the grace of Baptism?
What sorry should not such parents feel, at seeing their children given over to such pleasures or, to speak more plainly, to such licentious ways? These children are no longer Heaven-bent, but are fattening for Hell. Let us suppose that the parents have not yet lost the Faith...Alas! I dare not go any further!...What blind parents!...what lost children!...
|St. John Chrysostom|
|St. Augustine of Hippo|
The Council of Aix-la-Chapelle forbids dancing, even at weddings. And St. Charles Borromeo, the Archbishop of Milan, says that three years of penance were given to someone who had danced and that if he went back to it, he was threatened with excommunication. If there were no harm in it, then were the Holy Fathers and the Church mistaken?
Listen to St. Augustine and you will see if dancing is good action. He tells us that "dancing is the ruin of souls, a reversal of all decency, a shameful spectacle, a public profession of crime." St. Ephraim calls it the "ruin of good morals and the nourishment of vice." St. John Chrysostom: "A school of public unchastity." Tertullian: "The temple of Venus, the consistory of shamelessness, and the citadel of all the depravities."
"Here is a girl who dances," says St. Ambrose, "but she is the daughter of an adultress because a Christian woman would teach her daughter modesty, a proper sense of shame, and not dancing!"
On April 20, 2013, nearly one century after Pope St. Pius X's condemnation (in continuity with the 1900 year teaching of the Church on dancing), Pope Francis gave his public stamp of approval for tango by supporting a "Rhythm of Tango" event dedicated to Rome.
One article can be found here.
"I like it a lot. It's something that comes from within me," Jorge Mario Bergoglio said in an extensive 2010 interview...
"Do you know how to dance tango?" Bergoglio was asked.
"Yes, I danced it as a young man, although I preferred the milonga," he said, referring to the faster paced country music that was one of the early roots of tango.
The future pope said he had a girlfriend then, and they would go dancing together with a group of friends...
Another article, in Italian (thank you Google Translate), can be found here.
"We know that the Holy Father loves the tango, so we decided to dedicate this event by the city."
Below is a montage of images from the tango advertised for Rome, and one has to imagine this is in fact one of the atrocities He saw while sweating blood in the garden.
And before anyone gets mad at me for trying to create scandal or for criticizing the Holy Father, please visit this recent post for support of calling a sin a sin. I love the Holy Father, but I also wish for him to be the best shepherd possible, and he needs our prayers.
"And when the daughter of the same Herodias had come in, and had danced, and pleased Herod, and them that were at table with him, the king said to the damsel: Ask of me what thou wilt, and I will give it thee...I will that forthwith thou give me in a dish, the head of John the Baptist." - Mark 6:22,25
I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Isaias...
The time is accomplished, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent, and believe the gospel.
Our Lady of Sorrows, ora pro nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.
Please take a moment to say one Our Father, One Hail Mary and One Glory Be for our Holy Father and for Holy Mother Church.
~Pax Christi sit semper Vobiscum