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By Diogenes (articles ) | May 05, 2008

She's responsible for a great deal of the disfigurement of the visual aspects of American Catholic life. She began her career as Sister Mary Corita Kent, and ended up, famously, as Corita. Seldom has ingenuousness been so carefully affected. Never was infantile spontaneity more rigidly codified. Her abandonment of her habit, her vows, and her critical distance from faddism might have been contrived as an allegory of the 1960s Church. Those with a morbid interest in cultural decay can indulge in a visit to the Corita Art Center. They'll find little, regrettably, that's unfamiliar.

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  • Posted by: - May. 16, 2008 5:53 PM ET USA

    All that's missing to go with those gowns is a conical headpiece.

  • Posted by: - May. 06, 2008 1:11 PM ET USA

    Admittedly, I'm not much of an art critic, nor do I claim to understand most modern art. The best one could say about these is that they're "cute." To paraphrase one of Corita's pics, "Happy, Happy, Happy Are Those Who Don't Waste A Vocation."

  • Posted by: - May. 05, 2008 3:54 PM ET USA

    Some of the images of the artwork from the Corita Art Center give me nightmares from my Catholic grammar school days in the late 1960’s. And seeing Sister Corita’s loss of her habit and vocation is sad and poignant – a depiction of the loss of innocence in a series of still photos, or the squandering of timeless spiritual goods into something vapid and time-bound, 1960’s kitsch. Pray for her . . .

  • Posted by: - May. 05, 2008 9:53 AM ET USA

    Uncle Di, I am as opposed to the sort of "spirituality" as you. However, you are aware that she died in 1986, are you not? What's the point? And what sort of impact is this having on the Church now?

  • Posted by: - May. 05, 2008 9:18 AM ET USA

    "What's in it for you? Plenty!" Wow, talk about low expectations for your audience.

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