Catholics worldwide have long endured attacks on the Catholic Church as an institution. There is no doubt that it will ever be so and we are wise to understand that there’s not much we can do to end it. At the same time, one would think that in America, we might at least expect the line to be drawn at taxpayer-funding of anti-Catholicism. A new exhibit at Loveland Museum Gallery in Colorado which depicts our Lord Jesus Christ in a sex act now clears away any delusions we might have had to that effect. The artist, former Catholic Enrique Chagoya, says that his intention with this “art” is to attack the Catholic Church. Are we to understand that pornographic blasphemy is legitimate if the intention is to attack the Church? What kind of nonsense is this?
My compatriot here at NRB, Paul Cooper, has offered an excellent overview about the Loveland Museum’s atrocious decision to display “artwork” showing Jesus Christ participating in a homosexual act. I am in complete agreement with him. Further, I find it deeply disturbing that the artist is now attempting to legitimize his work by claiming that his intention is to attack the Catholic Church.
It is the Catholic Church as an institution, not Jesus Christ, that “Misadventures of the Romantic Cannibals” is aimed at, [Enrique Chagoya] said in an interview from his office at Stanford University, where he is a professor of art.
“The whole idea of the work is to express my personal anxieties about the church and religious institutions,” Chagoya said.
Oh, well, why didn’t you say so, Mr. Chagoya? It’s intended to attack Catholicism? That makes it okay, right? Wrong. Certainly all Christians would be deeply offended by any artwork depicting Jesus in a pornographic pose, but the fact that Chagoya admits that his work is intended to attack the Catholic Church adds a new twist to this story. Pornographic blasphemy is in no way legitimized when its intention is to attack the Church. Instead, it gives us all the more reason to oppose it.
My compatriot Mr. Cooper makes an excellent point. If this were artwork which were deemed to be offensive to the Muslim community, the Left would be up in arms. With Christ as the target, and particularly in the context of attacking Catholicism, we hear nothing but crickets. Thankfully, local Catholics and others have put together a protest and the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights has put their Colorado members on alert. Hopefully, love will prevail in Loveland.