Category Archives: Art

Letter To Artists 14: An Appeal To Artists

Pope John Paul has covered God’s hand in art (section 1),the artist’s vocation (2), some theology and philosophy relevant to the discussion with artists (3-6), history (7-9), the present situation (10-11), and a mutual relationship hoped for (12-13). Now we … Continue reading

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Letter To Artists 13: Does art need the Church?

Yesterday’s post looked at section 12, “The Church needs art.” Today, a question: Does art need the Church? 13. The Church therefore needs art. But can it also be said that art needs the Church? The question may seem like … Continue reading

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Letter To Artists 12: The Church Needs Art

It’s a powerful statement. Is it true? As an artist, I would say yes. However, what do the Church’s actions, policies, and culture have to say about it? Consider the education culture all around. Just like the secular world puts … Continue reading

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Selling Art?

At RNS David Gibson relays an open question the Philadelphia archdiocesan seminary is discerning: selling valuable works of art. The seminary rector, Bishop Timothy Senior on the matter: It’s not a museum. It’s a seminary. (It) is in very serious … Continue reading

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Letter To Artists 11: In The Spirit Of The Second Vatican Council

Don’t look now, but John Paul II is citing “the spirit of the Second Vatican Council.” Gaudium et Spes has something to say: 11. The Second Vatican Council laid the foundation for a renewed relationship between the Church and culture, … Continue reading

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Letter To Artists 10: Towards a renewed dialogue

What is meant by a “renewed dialogue”? Pope John Paul II seems to be accurate in saying that there is an alienation between artists and the Church. Even before the supposed tossing out of choirs, the Church was not the … Continue reading

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Letter To Artists 9b-c: Post-Renaissance Art

As for our cultural life in the modern First World, we have deep roots in the Renaissance. John Paul II doesn’t seem to have a problem with humanism. Neither should we, as its impulse is essentially Christian. This extraordinary complex … Continue reading

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