The Vatican condemned Saramago, even in death
Has not yet been buried that Jose Saramago receive the latest harsh criticism from the Vatican: a contrast that has a long history, never appeased even by the Nobel Prize for literature that the writer had in 1998. Indeed. At the center of disagreement not only the ideology of Saramago, openly Marxist, but also two books: "The Gospel According to Jesus Christ" (Einaudi 1991) and "Cain" (Feltrinelli 2010). Today, L'Osservatore Romano - in an article entitled "The omnipotence (alleged) of the narrator" - described him as an ideologue anti-religious, "a man and an intellectual of no admission metaphysics, nailed to the last in his stubborn faith in historical materialism, aka Marxism. "
"Lucidly autocollocatosi - added the newspaper - on the side of the evangelical weeds wheat field, declared himself the sole sleepless thought of the Crusades or the Inquisition, forgetting the memory of the gulag, the "purges" of genocide, samizdat cultural and religious. " Maybe if he was still alive, Portuguese writer would have repeated the words he spoke on the Brazilian "O Globo" after yet another attack of the Holy See to his Gospel: "The Vatican need not rule on the merits of literary anyone. I do not belong to the Church, not a believer, my work is my work. There are many things that the Vatican should worry about. Things that could have a beneficial effect, and instead it has none. " Specific and not to criticize or creed or faith, but "the administration of the faith."
"The Gospel According to Jesus Christ" - defined at the time by the Jesuit magazine "Catholic Civilization" a book kitsch - started from the assumption of the absence of God and that "his invention" was part "of human madness, the madness that in the world is increasing every day and is the only man to be irrational of the earth, the only one who uses reason to do the work of death. " "The history of religion - explained the reasons for the book writer - is a story of suffering and even if you talk to God for his love and his mercy, in his name men have denied any love and compassion: I wanted to tell in this "Gospel According to Jesus, '" and if all that does not repeat the dogma of Catholics is blasphemy, then this book is undoubtedly blasphemous. "
The book, loosely based on his life, described Christ as a sensitive man full of weaknesses - including the carnal attraction to Mary Magdalene - and virtue who can not manage independently. The mild Jesus was offset by Saramago to God , his father "sudden sexual needs," a true ally of the Devil bloodthirsty madman who uses the unconscious child to increase their power on earth. "Cain" - released twenty years to the "Gospel" - was instead Saramago for the opportunity of a personal rewriting of the Bible. From Ancient Old Testament, Biblical Saramago chooses the personification of evil, Cain kills his brother Abel, but, turning the traditional perspective, makes a human being neither better nor worse than the others.
While the god that comes out of the narrative is a god of evil, unjust and envious, that does not really know what he wants and especially does not like men. Hunted and condemned to a wandering life, the fate of Cain is an adventurer who travels astride a mule through space and time, in a wasteland where the dawn of humanity through all the most important episodes of the biblical narrative : the expulsion from Eden, the insatiable Lilith, the sacrifice of Isaac, the construction of the Tower of Babel.
Today, L'Osservatore Romano has returned to the attack: "A populist extremist like him - called him - who had taken charge because of the evil in the world, should first invest the problem all wrong human structures, from historical and political to socio-economic, instead of jumping to the other abhorred metaphysical plane and blaming, all too easily and apart from any other consideration, a God that had never believed, because of His omnipotence, His omniscience, His omniclairvoyance. "