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Santiago Matamoros becomes a pacifist


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Santiago Matamoros has been left high and dry in Santiago - at least in the town of Nieva Cameros in La Rioja. Pastor Jose Luis Fernandez decided to "...abolish the wielding the sword in the holy image and place it at the foot of Santiago as a symbol to crush violence," says the priest.
When the Apostle James was characterized in this way, especially along the Jacobean route it was because of the widespread legend of the reconquest that helped Christians to expel the Moors (Muslims) from the peninsula. In the year 859, King Ordoño I said that they secured victory over the Moors because it the apostle appeared as Santiago Matamoros.
This decision led to altering the July 25 procession in honor of the saint. To prepare their parishioners to the amendment he based his sermon on the fifth commandment, 'thou shalt not kill', as well as in the phrase where Jesus tells his Apostle Peter, 'Peter, your mete sword in the sheath, ' "said Fernandez.
"I did not do this without consulting the people of the village and this demonstrates that people applauded the Eucharist”.
Not all, though, because many people did not approve of the gesture. In the village, one could see the division among those attending the mass. "The image of Santiago has always been known with the sword and should not be changed," said an inhabitant.
However, he has been unable to escape the controversy on the Internet where the decision was not unanimously shared.
This is true fn the blog Urania, Santiago’s sword although a "supreme act of violence" responds to "the invasion of migration in Europe of 30 million Muslims. He forgets to point out that this mandate does not concern self-defense or holy war or crusades in defense of Christianity, nor the death penalty when it is justified.
But the pastor claims that "this is separate to the saint of that inconsistency that accompanies him, because he never killed anyone."
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