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Jamaica: prelate rips newspaper over photo of blasphemous sculpture

Catholic World News - April 26, 2011

A Jamaican prelate has criticized a newspaper’s decision to publish a photograph of a blasphemous sculpture of Jesus on Easter Sunday.

“For the life of me I cannot begin to fathom the Observer's rationale for a full three-page exposition of Christ's naked body with reference to the sacrosanct belief of the Eucharist,” said Archbishop Emeritus Donald Reece of Kingston, who retired on April 15. “I wonder if an artist had caricatured the prophet Mohammed or some aspects of the Qur’an, if you would have featured it so readily and prominently in your newspaper.”

“We adults have opened the sluice gate of relativism, inappropriateness, and indecency; the result is far-reaching,” the archbishop added. “Sanctity of life linked to a sense of mystery is fast disappearing.”

Artist Laura Facey defended her work. “If you don't create a stir, then what's the point of doing the work? Not that that's my aim,” she said. “I'm happy that it does, actually. It makes me feel that we're alive, I'm alive, my work is doing something.”

4% of the nation’s 2.7 million residents are Catholic, according to Vatican statistics; some 60% are Protestant.

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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Apr. 27, 2011 2:39 PM ET USA

    Ms Facey will have an opportunity to face her Risen Savior an tell Him why she felt it so important to portray Him as badly as the Jewish leaders and Romans treated Him on His way to His Crucifixion.

  • Posted by: voxfem - Apr. 26, 2011 10:49 PM ET USA

    Um, maybe the point should be to create beauty? If you only feel alive because of controversy and trampling on other people's beliefs, maybe you should seek psychiatric help.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Apr. 26, 2011 5:52 PM ET USA

    Of couse, she is right. We all recall Leonardo, after painting the Mona Lisa, who said, "If you don't create a stir, then what's the point of doing the work?"

  • Posted by: Cornelius - Apr. 26, 2011 1:50 PM ET USA

    Artist Laura Facey's rationale is honest, predictable, and utterly juvenile. "Not that that's my aim"! Indeed.

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