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Oh, For Mercy’s Sake!

Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, recently unveiled the logo for the Year of Mercy at the Vatican.  The New Evangelization is in big trouble. The Vatican has more magnificent, inspiring art than any place on earth.  We can now add sad, insipid, embarrassing and troubling.  My first reaction to the Year of Mercy logo was to make sure that I was not reading an article from The Onion about Woodstock Jesus.  It appears that Jesus is a stereotypical extraterrestrial with big black eyes and a chin too narrow for the rest of his

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Famous Art, Bigger Myth

He leaned back against Jesus’ chest and said to him, “Master, who is it?” (Jn 13:25) Art has a way of seeping in to our memory in such a way that we interpret other things from it’s remembered images, even when those images are false.  One example of this is Leonardo DaVinci’s approximately 520 year old Last Supper painting on the wall of the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan.  I was fortunate enough to see this some years ago, although it has been restored so many times over the centuries that I’m not sure how much,

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