Bloggers left and right are weighing in on a chocolate Jesus without a loincloth.
Recapping the latest in the clash of art and Catholic sensitivity, this exhibit was voluntarily shut down after much protesting.
I have to say that the combination of “two rights,” as the sculptor says, chocolate and the body of Christ, making a wrong does seem far-fetched. It could hardly be classified as “one of the worst assaults on Christian sensibilities ever.” I think you would need the matter of mortal sin for that. Hard to see it, especially given that a chocolate Jesus display was likely to bring worldly wealth of any substantial amount to sculptor or gallery.
And the timing? The catechism would seem to suggest a person’s motives are not open to malicious interpretation lacking any kind of clear intent from the people responsible. I think we can sniff at the timing and wonder. But nobody from Donohue’s camp seems to have even gotten to the question.
And the protests? Sensitivities may have been outraged by portrayals of religious symbols with human wastes, but it is also true that national funding for those ill-conceived displays was little more than a myth. It sounds a little like too-loud protesting to me. But it displays that Christians in the US lack no clout when it comes to PR and getting things the way they want it.
Poor persecuted American Christians? Please.