The free adaptation of a work by Handel at the Colón theater hurt the sensibilities of Catholic sectors. The Church denounced that it was an act of “blasphemy” and demanded that “all sacred symbols be respected, of whatever religion they may be.”
The conflict is the adaptation of Händel’s work Theodora, where the thought of the Argentine theologian Marcella Althaus-Reid is incorporated into the interpretation of Mercedes Morán.
“We received with sadness and pain how in an alleged artistic expression faith and religiosity were bastardized and blasphemed with words that cannot be accepted referring to the Virgin Mary,” said the executive commission of the Episcopate, chaired by the bishop of San Isidro. , Oscar Ojea, and are made up of the Archbishops of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Mario Poli; and from Mendoza, Marcelo colombo, both vice presidents, and the bishop of Chascomús, Carlos Malfa, general secretary.
The complaint focuses on the fact that the grievances were leveled at the Colón theater, which the bishops define as an “icon of the culture of the City of Buenos Aires and of our homeland, where we Argentines delight in the art and music of the world”. They add that “expressions were said there that outraged the sensitivity of a very important portion of our people, who, beyond their religious belief, always respect the Virgin.”
In a public letter, the father Eduardo G. Pérez, who attended one of the functions, was annoyed by the staging directed by Alejandro Tantanian and the added texts, in which the Virgin is described as “a mummy slave of the poor” and sexual allusions are made around the priests.
Meanwhile, the Catholic Lawyers Corporation demanded the resignation of the Minister of Culture due to the Columbus scandal.