Day 511 – December 14, 2012
I know Peru is a majority Roman Catholic country. This is not a surprise to me.
Given that The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2012 says that eighty-one percent of population follows that faith (page 823) and twenty-two percent of people in the United States are Roman Catholic (as of 2010 / page 607 and 699); and
Given that in Peru workers receive the day off and students miss school due to holidays such as Santa Rosa de Lima Day (August 30), All Saints Day (November 1), and Immaculate Conception (December 8) and workers and students do not receive those days off in the United States; and
Given that in December in Peru many public spaces contain Nativity scenes (such as this one in Parque Kennedy)…
…and messages of “Merry Christmas” (or “Feliz Navidad” considering the local language) without raising an eyebrow…
With all those givens, I was fully acclimated to the fact that Peru was a Roman Catholic country.
Because of that acclimation, I was completely taken by surprise by a satirical drawing I saw in the editorial cartoon section, known as El Otorongo, of the Peruvian newspaper Peru 21. I had thought that as a Roman Catholic country, all aspects of that faith would be treated with respect.
I was wrong.
Pope Benedict XVI:
Yes, Pepito [a common name for a young boy], Jesus walked on water.
Yes, Pepito, Jesus multiplied the loaves.
Yes, Pepito, Jesus resurrected the dead.
Pepito (via computer):
And is it true that the world will end on December 21?
Not so, Pepito. How can you believe such nonsense?
As dissimilar as our two countries may be concerning the display of the Nativity in public spaces, it was interesting to see that our two nations share a tradition of poking people in power.