The Vatican has declared war on La Santa Muerte. No, this is not the plot of a crappy Dan Brown novel. For those of you that are too gringofied to know, La Santa Muerte is a popular religious figure in Mexico and much of Latin America. Basically it's the grim reaper but she's a chick. People pray to this boney lady to keep them from...well...dying. The Vatican says:
"It's the degeneration of religion...Religion celebrates life, but here you have death, it's not religion just because it's dressed up like religion; it's a blasphemy against religion"
La Santa Muerte is particularly popular with the drug cartels that practically run parts of Mexico. A lot of scholars think that SM is a version of the ancient Aztec death goddess Mictecacihuatl. God knows the Vatican is powerful, (tee-hee), but they might be biting off more than they can chew with this one, and they chew those stale wafers. You are condemning an Aztec death Goddess dressed like a scary skeleton with a scythe. The Aztecs knew a thing or two about death seeing as they would sacrifice thousands on a random Tuesday. Plus the drug cartels have this skeletal bitch's back. If a lapsed Catholic may give some advice to the big V: Pope Franky, best leave it alone.