A statue of the pagan deity Moloch, to which children were sacrificed in the ancient world, is now stationed at the entrance to the Colosseum in Rome, which has been designated as a sacred site because of the Christian martyrs who died there.
The statue of Moloch outside the Colosseum was billed as celebration of Carthaginian culture and art.
“A reconstruction of the terrible deity Moloch, linked to Phoenician and Carthaginian religions and featured in the 1914 film ‘Cabiria’ (directed by Giovanni Pastore and written by Gabriele D’Annunzio) will be stationed at the entrance to the Colosseum to welcome visitors to the exhibition,” a press release about the exhibit states.
The large-scale exhibition will run through March 29, 2020.
The ancient Roman stadium was declared a sacred site in 1749 by Pope Benedict XIV in official church policy. Stations of the Cross were later installed depicting images of Jesus Christ on His way to the cross with accompanying prayers.
Many faithful Catholics are outraged that a representation of the pagan god sits outside a place where Christians were brutally tortured and killed, Life Site News reports.
“We were so excited the day we decided to go to the Colosseum,” Alexandra Clark told the outlet. “But the moment we got there the sight that greeted us was horrifying! Standing guard over the entrance was the colossal pagan statue of Moloch. It was placed in that prime spot so that everyone that entered into the Colosseum had to pass it,” she said, noting that it felt as though it was placed there to mock where the martyrs were slaughtered.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter