Category Archives: Art

Letter To Artists 16: The “Beauty” That Saves

Let’s wrap up John Paul II’s Letter to Artists. The final theme of the document, with a nod to Fyodor Dostoyevsky, “The ‘Beauty’ that saves.” 16. On the threshold of the Third Millennium, my hope for all of you who are … Continue reading

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Letter To Artists 15: The Creator Spirit and Artistic Inspiration

When Pope John Paul speaks of “the Creator Spirit and artistic inspiration” it’s pretty clear we can’t and don’t bypass the human imagination as a means for God’s grace to work in the world. 15. Often in the Church there … Continue reading

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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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