Friday, May 25, 2007
In the Spirit of Vatican II
Guess who? Nope, that great big opening in the centre of the abdomen is not a birdhouse and this is not a faceless scarecrow either. It's a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary in St. Frances de Sales Church in Muskegon, Michigan, built during the Second Vatican Council.
Oops, someone dropped all their papers! What are those things? Oh, I know, it's an invitation to trample the Stations of the Cross. Do Catholics do that? Of course not, we pray them. But here, kids can use them for hop scotch, and people can walk on top of them. Of course, probably no one actually recognizes them as the Stations of the Cross.
Do you see the twelve Apostles in this picture? Me neither. Apparently those twelve pillars in the sanctuary were built to honour the Apostles, but hey, this is a Spirit of Vatican II church, so who really needs statues, anyway? This New Church has cast off the old beautiful, ancient traditions and calls to a new and dynamic people of God, who are ever willing to embrace new and differing needs and ever ready to move forward into the spirit of modernism.