More in the section on “The Artist Within the Christian Community.” Can an artist support Church liturgical practice and belief? These are important questions. Doctrine? The bishops add it, and on major points, I would agree.
§ 152 § Artists willing to accept commissions destined for a place of worship must be respectful and supportive of the doctrines, beliefs, and liturgical practices of the Church. They also should be knowledgeable about the traditional iconography and symbolism of Christian art. Artists who are genuinely in search of meaning in their work and in their lives will find a homeland for their souls since, in the realm of Christianity, the most vital personal and social questions are posed. Not only does the Bible provide a rich inventory of themes and ideas, but also artists who have envisioned these stories and images have offered unique perspectives on the heart of revelation itself and “this partnership has been a source of mutual spiritual enrichment.”(Letter to Artists 13)
I like what the Church offers artists: a homeland for the soul. This needs to be emphasized. Artists will appreciate a paycheck, but we also appreciate a place to call home.
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