|The Night of the Burning of the White Poinsettias, Nov. 30, 2014.|
Ignacio, Spain - Not since the 18th century has so much theological acrimony over such a seemingly small matter arisen between the 'pope's storm-troopers,' the Jesuits. The Superior General of the order has called on the Holy Father to pronounce on a matter that has almost brought the great Society of Jesus to its knees.
The controversy began on the First Sunday of Advent when the rector, Tomasius Isidorius, S. J., pronounced from his famous pulpit in the Cathedral, "Never a white poinsettia in this holy sanctuary! There has been no more devious device of Satan than that plant invading the holy sanctuaries, perpetuating the Gnostic error which denies the true humanity of the Lord!"
In the middle of the Sunday liturgy Padre Isidorius had the flowers removed from the church and burned in the square in front of the church.
It was Padre Isidorius' vicar, Enrique di Floreres, who had decorated the cathedral with the white flowers, in contravention of the ageless tradition of the cathedral of using red poinsettias.
"I wasn't thinking about the theological meaning of the white versus the red; I just thought they looked nice - and they were on sale," said di Floreres. "But after the matter had been brought to my attention, I suddenly saw it for what it was: an attack on the divinity of the Lord, which is the real problem in the Church today. I had no choice but to condemn Padre Isidorius for the Arian he is!"
The Cathedral of Sufficient Grace has not been immune to controversy in the past. One notable controversy surrounded the attempt of an eighteenth century bishop of Ignacio to change the church's name to the Cathedral of 'Efficacious Grace.' Thirteen people died in the ensuing violence before the Spanish military intervened to restore order.