The photo's photo has sparked a flood of mixed reactions priest with a rifle: cassock and weapon on shoulder. He is Don Luca Mele, parish priest a Ollolai. The image at the center of the debate was taken at the end of the feast of San Bartolomeo, co-patron of the town of Barbagia. “Behind it is the desire to share the beauty inherited in these years of service in a parish whose people have always been welcoming and helpful ", explains the young priest," The fusiliers have also been, formed into an association to keep alive a singular and fascinating tradition". They are the ones who celebrate the holiday with gunshots: it is tradition. And Don Luca, on the page “I am in favor of hunting”, illustrates the reasons for the choice to be immortalized in that pose.
Here are his words: “In Ollolai, a small town in the center of Sardinia, many traditions are preserved that also affect religion and embrace popular devotion. Among these, the custom of announcing a significant recurrence in the liturgical year, as an important celebration, with shots. This rite is also widespread in other towns on the island and is rooted in the centuries of Spanish domination, when - to replace the mute bells during the Easter triduum - the blows of the harquebus announced Resurrection Sunday. And with the passage of time, it has also been adopted for other community events in the desire to express greater solemnity on the days when the patrons of the parish are celebrated.
It is a characteristic heritage guarded with pride and faith. The same can be said, for example, for the presence of the knights in a procession: just as in the Middle Ages the passage of a king or a governor was foretold with the arrival of horses well harnessed and equipped with rattles, so - recognizing the greatness of God and of the great witnesses of the faith - it was born spontaneous to warn the population of the transit of a simulacrum, so that domestic or work chores could be abandoned and due consideration could be given to that specific moment. This photo was taken at the end of the feast of San Bartolomeo, Ollolai's co-patron, as a sign of gratitude to a community that I will soon have to leave. Behind it is the desire to share the beauty inherited in these years of service in a parish whose people have always been welcoming and helpful.
The fusiliers have also been, formed into an association to keep alive a singular and fascinating tradition. Only those in possession of a regular firearm license can offer this service, subject to reporting to the competent civil and military authorities who guarantee public safety, starting with blank ammunition, with due care in handling and in compliance with current legislation on firearms. This long introduction aims to contextualize the shot and explain to those who certainly cannot know local habits, after the resonance of the post with the hundreds of shares, that there is no message related to violence. My parishioners and many Sardinians, starting with those who know me personally, certainly could not doubt it. But many, negatively surprised, perhaps need an intervention in this sense.
I am not ashamed to express my displeasure for so many misunderstandings and I can confirm the spirit with which this publication was born, that is the one mentioned above and which many have been able to read to you, even with sympathy. A similar photo does not exclude closeness and solidarity in the face of local tragedies and world championships that are consumed every day, which a priest humbly expresses in various ways, faithful to the mission of the Church, perhaps without relying on social networks and - as many ministers do in silence and in hiding - with the breviary or the rosary in his hand in front of the tabernacle, working daily in evangelization and in the preaching of true Christian values.
I cannot answer for the malicious exploitation that have the aim of hitting priests and that even reserve comments on weapons in general, as if all those who follow the passion for hunting or the hobby of sport shooting are murderers. In conclusion, I can tell myself happy with what I am and do and consider myself very lucky to have been born and raised in the beautiful Barbagia, which awaits you with open arms, if you decide to visit it "(YouTube.net).