Sacrosanctum Concilium 125

This is a bit that has gotten some accused of iconoclasm:

The practice of placing sacred images in churches so that they may be venerated by the faithful is to be maintained. Nevertheless their number should be moderate and their relative positions should reflect right order. For otherwise they may create confusion among the Christian people and foster devotion of doubtful orthodoxy.

Moderation is preached, but what would that mean if taken in discernment? One rule of thumb is no multiple images of particular saints. In my parish’s church, we have five: Thomas More recently moved from a nave alcove to the narthex for more visibility, the Infant of Prague moved from the narthex to a rear wall in the nave, St Anthony of Padua for our Italian parishioners, and naturally Mary and Joseph.

Recently, I heard grumblings from someone of a traditional bent who disagreed with the Infant’s move. She liked the figure better as she entered the church. Can anyone fill me in if there’s something I’ve missed here? And don’t worry about hurting my feelings; it was our third-last associate pastor who moved the Infant from his post above the drinking fountains.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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