St Peter's Basilica Converted into a Debate Hall

Cardinal Ravasi organised a panel discussion ("Lectio Petri") on 22 November inside Saint Peter's.

The four participants sat behind a desk in the basilica's sanctuary, in front of the communion table. Each of them had a bottle and a glass in front of them.

The Novus Ordo regards churches as secularised meeting rooms. Among the participants was the Protestant pastor and theologian Paolo Ricca, 86.

He spoke about Mt 16, where Christ calls Peter a rock ("on this rock I will build my church"), and suggested that "one Peter is not enough", that "we too are a rock" and that St Peter is considered first in Mt 16 because no one had said to Jesus before: "You are Christ." But Martha does this in John 11:27.

Ricca also said that this was the first time in the "thousand-year history of this basilica" [dedicated in 1626] that a Waldensian pastor had spoken there, and suggested that this was the fulfilment of Isaiah ("new things") and St Paul ("first fruits of the Spirit").

He rejoiced that "the ecumenical church" was taking shape today, "right here in this basilica".

The next panel discussion in St Peter's Basilica will take place in January 2023.


How appropriate that they all have their backs to the tabernacle. Their message is thus clear
Darrell J Roman
The Blessed Sacrament in St. Peters is reserved in a side chapel. There is no tabernacle behind them
Darrell J Roman
What an abomination! Like they do not have any halls to accomadate these people! Well... the Smoke of Satan has touched many a souls... By the way... that veil on the heads of those women.. does not make them religious.. many a Satan's minions hide behind clerical and religious garb...
Kenjiro M. Yoshimori
All those idiots sitting in the audience are likewise apostates, that they would even give support to Ravasi....or Francis, in this endeavor. Sacrilege in the great Basilica. But then again, what do you expect of Francis other than that?
Sancte Teotónio