Etymologically speaking, iconoclasm is the destruction of images or statues as a protest against the doctrines of a certain religious group.
But in its real definition, iconoclasm is any act of disrespect to the foundations and symbols of a certain belief. Thus, an iconoclast damages a belief by his acts, consciously or unconsciously.
Media outlets have already reported alleged “illicit acts” being done inside some edifices of the Roman Catholic Church – some of these foul acts were even done during the Holy Mass.
According to print and broadcast journalists, some minors, and even adults, are using churches as rendezvous for their mutual lust. Kissing, holding, hugging and caressing may be normal for lovers, but they are illicit if done inside a chapel or a cathedral.
I do not intend to be more popish than the pope, but I was alarmed when I learned that a young couple was found “wetting earlobes” inside the church. I was disgusted when I heard the news that a man and a woman were discovered near a rectory enjoying a prelude to sexual intercourse. And I crumbled when I heard over the radio that some prostitutes and pimps are using a cathedral compound as an assembly point for their immoral business.
A church building is not a mere structure, it is where we realize and nurture our faith. It is the symbol of our belief, or even more than that. Hence, any act of disrespect to a church edifice is a clear attempt to destroy our faith – an iconoclasm in a more dishonorable level.
Thus, these iconoclasts in the persons of “itchy couples”, pimps, prostitutes and their costumers should be sternly warned that though they are welcome to visit the church, they must not use it to satisfy their immoralities.
But, I believe that there are bigger iconoclasts in this matter.
The bigger iconoclasts are parents who failed to instill morals and values in their children. Such failure cultivated the evil seed in their children’s persons and personalities.
Also, church leaders should seriously solve this matter through more determined actions and more effective evangelization. Measures must be fast and effective, and sermons must be clear and localized. Because if they cannot solve this problem, with due respect and apologies, I believe that they are the biggest iconoclasts of all.
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