Sacrilege


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Sacrilege

 

(1) A scornful, mocking, abusive, derisive treatment of something respected and revered; mockery of outstanding scientific discoveries, works of art, noble acts, exploits, moral norms, the memory of great people, heroes, and so forth.

(2) In the Orthodox Church and the legislation of tsarist Russia the term, along with “blasphemy,” for one of the types of crimes against religious belief.


Sacrilege

 

the desecration of something sacred to a church; profanation or blasphemy. Metaphorically, sacrilege may indicate insult to something revered by all.

Sacrilege

Sadness (See MELANCHOLY.)
abomination of desolation
epithet describing pagan idol in Jerusalem Temple. [O.T.: Daniel 9, 11, 12; N.T.: Mark 13:14; Matthew 24:15]
Aepytus
Arcadian king; entering Poseidon’s sanctuary, forbid-den to mortals, he is blinded. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 9]
Beaufort, Cardinal
(1377–1447) haughty churchman; dies execrating God. [Br. Lit.: II Henry VI]
cleansing of the temple
sacrilegious money-changers driven out of temple by Christ. [N.T.: Matthew, 21:12–13; Mark, 11:15–18]
Heliodorus
Syrian official attempted to loot Solomon’s temple. [Apocrypha: II Maccabees 3]
Hophni and Phinehas
contemptuously abused holiness of sacrifices. [O.T.: I Samuel 2:12–17]
Simon Magus
tried to purchase apostolic powers; whence, simony. [N.T.: Acts 8:18–24]
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It is a sacrilege for him to receive and to administer any sacrament" and "no faithful layperson, not to speak of the clergy, should be involved in any act of sacrilege" (Vatican Insider, July 5, 2012).
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