TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT
Johann Wagener 4-18-13
If He were with us in the flesh today this is probably where you would find Jesus. Lying on a bench somewhere in uptown USA reminding us that there's more to life than fame, fortune, and celebrity. As the hierarchy put, it was not an appropriate image of Jesus though did not say what was or wasn't appropriate. I believe the opposite is true and the Church does not want people to draw comparisons between the life Jesus lived and how the Church is today.
'Jesus The Homeless' sculpture rejected by Catholic churches In Toronto, New York
Timothy Schmalz’s “Homeless Jesus” isn’t your typical depiction of Christ, and it’s arresting imagery might have hit too close to home for some Catholic leaders. In fact, the life-size bronze sculpture was rejected by two high-profile cathedrals, St. Michael’s Cathedral in Toronto and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, despite initial enthusiasm by rectors.
“Homeless Jesus had no home,” Schmalz told the Toronto Star. “It was very upsetting because the rectors liked it, but when it got to the administration, people thought it might be too controversial or vague,” he said, adding he was told the piece “was not an appropriate image.”