from seanie in the huddle bar tralee;
Isn't that a fine set of abs altogether. This is a real painting, in a real church. No, not in Ireland, impossible. We would never have the church mix up such matters as Jesus and well, affairs below the navel, as 'twere.
Where else but in godless America, Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 5024 N Grove, Warr Acres, Oklahoma, USA, to be exact.
A quote from newsok; "Critics of the crucifix take issue with what appears to be a large penis covering Jesus’ abdominal area. Seeton said the portion of the crucifix in question is meant to be Jesus’ abdomen "showing distension” — not a penis".
A quote from the pastor (as they call them over there) "As many of you are aware, the crucifix for our Church was painted in accord with the ancient tradition of iconography. While many found it to be a very beautiful piece of art I deeply regret that some found it inappropriate or even offensive. It certainly is not the intention of the artist or myself that the cross of Jesus Christ be a source of division or result in disrespectful statements. For this reason the artist has agreed to modify the work. It is my most sincere hope that in the future all those who look upon the crucifix will only be led more deeply into the mystery of our salvation. May you continue to have a blessed and holy Easter Season".
Would dear old Benedict like to add it to the Vatican collection before it is altered forever?