Gabrielle of InsanityBytes can be sweet (see her post “God Is Greater Than Our Heart“) or scathing. I don’t always agree with her, but I always appreciate her intelligence and wit. This post alerted me to the official Vatican Nativity Scene of 2020. And it’s, well, let’s just say no one, including Catholics, is sure just what it is.
A dystopian sci/fi creche? Let’s have a laugh, shall we? I am not usually an art critic (who am I kidding, of course I am, especially public displays that are just all new-fangled and beyond comprehension.) I’m also not one of those, “the end is nigh, stock up on spam and ammo” Christians, I’m just saying, if the world were about to end, this display would be a sign, a great indication that something has gone all awry with the human experiment.
Oh, dear. This is so downright terrifying it really is darkly comical. What in the world was Rome thinking? After all we have been through in 2020, the world sure needed some tradition, a stable influence, like literally a stable.
Instead, we get someone’s dystopian, science fiction vision? A surreal modern art version of the Nativity? I don’t know what to say, this thing kind of crosses so many genres all at once, I’m not sure where we’re even going? Is it Star Wars? Ancient Egypt? Leftover props found in someone’s garage?
I speak of course, of the Vatican Nativity 2020. This actually was the best photo I could find, the others look more like a scene 2001 Space Odyssey or perhaps an episode of ancient aliens. I have no idea what the astronauts are for. Magi perhaps?
Sigh. Praying the Lord delays His return until we can get this mess cleaned up and put away.