Spiders and Snakes

I saw the Canadian kerfuffle over a mechanical spider perched on a cathedral. LotR notwithstanding, I wasn’t aware of the spider being a particularly Christian symbol of evil. But some Catholics objected:

disturbing, disappointing and even shameful

Others found no problem:

While the viewer may find the juxtaposition jarring, I gather it’s supposed to be. But sacrilegious? C’mon, give your archbishop a break. This civic engagement with art recalls the Vatican’s Courtyard of the Gentiles project. Culture is a bridge.

Check the website for the creators here. It may not be high sacred art, but it’s pretty cool nonetheless.

But it also got me thinking … did Jesus catch flak for this?

Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves. (Matthew 10:16)

Culture is a bridge that works for me.

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About catholicsensibility

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