Monday, April 4, 2016

Time to Give Nonobjective "Religious" Art the Boot

Abstraction indicates a departure from reality.


  1. The Code of Canon Law (1983), 212 §3, states:

    “According to the knowledge, competence, and prestige which they possess, [the faithful] have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful, without prejudice to the integrity of faith and morals, with reverence toward their pastors, and attentive to common advantage and the dignity of persons.”

  2. The seventies were NOT the best time for interior decor.

  3. I know exactly where this is along with the orange chairs and know this is not the main place of prayer for this seminary. A monk there once told me this hidden chapel is often used by non-Roman Catholics and that the Blessed Sacrament is not always kept here, though I know sometimes it is. Perhaps it would be a good secondary Blessed Sacrament chapel (which, when I'm sure is appropriate, it already is) for prayer if small pews with kneelers could be installed, but this whole place in general has very old decor and it's rather likely they have more pressing financial concerns than to replace all their old decor. If someone wants a nicer chapel I suggest they donate the money to pay for it. The art for all we know was the work of students of or even of the somewhat famous artist monk himself who is responsible for all of the stone carvings in their main church. No one can deny his genius with those!

    1. To further comment on their financial situation, I saw a video recently which showed the desks students were using in this seminary which looked very old and tattered. It was only through the generosity of donations to the Archdiocese that they were finally able to replace them. The old desks were probably the same ones my grandpa used to write on there over 60 years ago!

  4. Is it promoting gambling? Subliminal messaging, anyone?