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Irreverent Play on Our Lady at WYD Panama

Salwa Bachar
“Rejoice, Mary, for you will have a child.” “Let it be done according to your word – oh, and Mr. Archangel, before you go, can I get a selfie?”

Mary takes a selfie

Mary and Gabriel adapted to the modern world; below, Mary preparing for a 'selfie' with the Archangel...

These are the words from the modernized and shameless reenactment of the Annunciation and other New Testament scenes performed at World Youth Day in Panama. This musical reenactment was performed in front of Pope Francis at the meeting with World Youth Day volunteers in the Rommel Fernandez Stadium, Panama City, on January 27, 2019. After watching this play, I was asked to write an article about it.

I will present a synopsis and description of the play, as well as my impressions of it. The full video of the play can be found here, with the “fun” starting at 20:00. Since the play was in Spanish, I am providing a rough translation for our readers.

Complete with merengue and rap dancing, revealing cut-out dresses, hipster sunglasses, soccer jerseys and cleats, the musical play was rife with progressivist propaganda, including but not limited to immorality, feminism, homosexuality, androgynism and anarchy. I hope to show readers how all of this manifests itself in the following paragraphs.

The play starts out with the Angel Gabriel appearing to Our Lady. Both are young people dressed in inappropriate, casual clothing – Gabriel is a young man in a white shirt and white skinny jeans, tennis shoes, fake wings, and a white fedora. Mary appears as a young woman with a light-blue shirt, also white skinny jeans and tennis shoes.

dancing gabriel and virgin mary

The 'archangel' dances with Mary; below, 'No, no, no!' Mary protests dramatically in this blasphemous Annunciation scene


He tells Mary that she will have a child, and she immediately objects with a banal (and almost contraceptive) response, saying “No, no, no! I’m too young, I haven’t even finished school, I have to go to college, get my bachelors, one or two doctorates… if my father finds out, he will take away my cell phone for at least 6 months!” Then, Gabriel tells her: “Don’t be afraid, here’s why!”

hipster glasses

Gabriel puts on hipster sunglassses, and is joined by other immodest angels

immodest angels
The Angel puts on hipster sunglasses and breaks out into a rap, and immodestly-dressed female “angels” appear on the scene singing and dancing along. Their dresses are cut in such a way that one can clearly see generous amounts of their thighs. The plunging neckline laced with string does not cover sufficiently what it should, but instead provokes the gaze to fixate on it. This is shocking, considering that the Pope and other Prelates were on the same stage less than 20 feet away from these young women bouncing their hips.

In their sensual dancing the “angels” yell: “Accept the challenge, you are the chosen one!” Interestingly, these angels are women, and obviously outnumber Gabriel (the only male angel). Is this an implicit promotion of feminism? I was left to wonder….

Another manifestation of irreverence is when Mary concedes to Gabriel's request, and the female narrator introduces the next scene of the Apostles, who are dressed in soccer jerseys and cleats.

One of the Apostles interrupts Mary and the narrator: “Stop right there, stop with this story.” Mary and the narrator reply: “What’s wrong?” One of the Apostles replies sarcastically: “Oh sure, it’s really nice and easy to say that now it is up to us, the Apostles, to give the Good News to the whole world.”

tango apostles

The 'apostles' in soccer jerseys dance a tango; below the 'bad' Romans presented as American policemen

The Apostle is seen making a dismissive hand gesture to the young Mary. She argues: “But it’s a beautiful mission!” Another replies: “Sure, it sounds all beautiful and everything, but we have a tiny problem: the Romans.”

The soccer team runs off stage, and young men dressed as American police officers run onto the scene and burst into a ‘50s rock'n roll song. “We are the Romans and we are always right. We have soldiers in every corner, so if you try to run we will catch you, if you try to hide we will find you, there’s no use in running or screaming for help. We are the Romans, we have no compassion.”

The Romans finish their song, and the soccer Apostles return to the stage, this time singing a tune to the beat of a tango, saying: “You should be afraid, you cannot trust the Romans. They will torture you.” They prance around with pointed toes in a frail and sissy way.

Then, Our Lady comes to the stage, persuading and encouraging the cowardly Apostles. The sound of wind blowing is heard, and the voice of God says: “Receive My Holy Spirit! Evangelize all nations.”

They break out into their closing Protestant-style pop-rock song, with Mary singing:“I was just like you! If I can do it, you can too! Nothing is impossible!”

The young actors finish their closing song and they give a bow to a grinning Francis, who gives them a thumbs-up.


A disgusting sensual dance with Gabriel and Mary

What messages are sent in this play?

What are the impressions behind this play? First, it is the blasphemous portrayal of Our Lady, who is presented as a sensual and frivolous young woman, always following the latest trends and fashions.

Second, since both Mary and Gabriel are wearing “gender-bending” skin-tight pants, there is an implicit message of androgynism.

Third, when Mary objects hysterically to Gabriel’s message, amidst her frenzy she seems noticeably charmed by Gabriel, as if he were trying to seduce her. This appalling impression of romance between Gabriel and Mary is further substantiated when they break out into close-contact merengue dancing, at one point with Gabriel even holding Mary’s waist and finishing with them holding hands.

policemen romans

Playing into the youth revolt against authority, the Romans are American policemen

Fourth, the Apostles are presented as a soccer team – all equal, no hierarchy – and as defiant and cowardly, not willing to spread the Gospel. This seems to be an implicit denial of St. Peter’s role as leader of the Apostles (incidentally, St. Peter makes no appearance at all in the play).

Fifth, when the Apostles sing their tango song about the Romans, the young men sing and dance together in a way that nowadays could be considered homosexual.

Sixth, it is not appropriate to picture the police as the bad guys, presented as always brutal, merciless and authoritarian. To represent the maintainers of order in this way sends a subliminal message of anarchy. It is almost as though the Conciliar Church were saying to them: “In order to spread the Gospel, you have to revolt against the established order, because it is an enemy of the Gospel.” This part has a taste of Liberation Theology, which certainly did not displease Pope Francis.

feminist mary

A vulgar Mary who pretends to be like everyone else

Seventh, finally, all of the musical genres used in this play (merengue, rap, pop rock) tendentially promote sensuality, vulgarity, immorality and revolt, and their use in the play is an implicit approval by the religious authorities and the Pope himself, who is seen happily watching the onstage music and dancing.

According to the 2019 World Youth Day, all this is the way to spread the Gospel – adapt to the latest immoral music and fashions and revolt against “the system.”

The entire play was banal, immodest and vulgar. As shown above, there are messages of feminism, androgynism, homosexuality and anarchy.

Again, this is shocking, since this implies that all of these revolutionary manifestations received the hearty approval of the Conciliar authorities,including Pope Francis. This should not come as a surprise, since all of this seems to go along with Francis’ past encouragement to the youth to make revolution in the Church.

francis speaks to youth

'I want a mess' Francis tells the youth

In 2013, Francis made a revolutionary appeal when he told the youth of Rio at World Youth Day to “make a mess”: “I want to tell you something. What is it that I expect as a consequence of World Youth Day? I want a mess. We knew that in Rio there would be great disorder, but I want trouble in the dioceses!” He repeated the same message to the youth of Krakow at the 2016 World Youth Day: “You must do your duty and make chaos all night.”

The play from World Youth Day was a full expression of the progressivist chaos inside the Church.

We can only ask Our Lady of Good Success to intervene soon and helps us to rid the Church of this progressivist virus that has now been instilled in the youth.

Posted February 22, 2019

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