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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Where is the beauty?

One of the things I find most annoying about modernism in the Church is the liberties taken in the interpretation of the icons which are part of the heritage of our Catholic faith. From the Stations of the Cross depicting only Christ's suffering Face, to Crucifixes with no Corpus, draped in a cloth ( both of which are evident at local Churches) to some of the more outrageous travesties such as a female Corpus, and the ever present slogans on banners, there is a distinct lack of taste and understanding of the rich heritage of Catholic art. I know some folks think that it is ostentatious to have grand displays of art and architecture, saying that Christ lived a simple and frugal life, but our Churches are meant to give Him glory and honour, and to lift our souls up to God. Somehow, a crucifix, empty of the Sacred Body, that looks like a plus sign made out of glass, with little colored squares scattered across it, suspended on wire above the small plain wood altar, does absolutely nothing to lift my heart and soul up to God.
The other thing that bugs me about this is that it is women who are perpetrating this tasteless nonsense; most of the "decor" in our parishes is done by women. Why have women today lost the sense of the sacred?


paramedicgirl said...

All altars must be adorned with a crucifix. A plain cross has no place in the Catholic Church.

To answer your last question about why women are the ones perpetrating this nonsense - read my post on dressing for Mass. Women have become way too worldly.

paramedicgirl said...

Take this to the priest - Number 308 og the GIRM, and ask him to put the corpus back on the cross:

308. There is also to be a cross, with the figure of Christ crucified upon it, either on the altar or near it, where it is clearly visible to the assembled congregation. It is appropriate that such a cross, which calls to mind for the faithful the saving Passion of the Lord, remain near the altar even outside of liturgical celebrations.

Shirley said...

Thanks; I'll talk to him on Saturday.

NC Sue said...

There MUST be a middle ground between ostentatious gaudiness and painful plainness. Our "church" is actually an all-purpose building which we're using until we can afford to build a proper church.

Just recently there have been efforts to beautify the space and make it look more worshipful. Unfortunately our priest doesn't have a woman's decorating sense. He put green contact paper over large portions of the window over the altar. Makes it look like an institutional bathroom. How sad.

God be praised, even though we do it rather lamely at times...