Religion: The Virgin and the Warship

Many a U.S. churchgoer was shocked last week by a stained glass window. The window, intended for the Roman Catholic Chapel of Our Lady of Victory at the Norfolk Naval Operating Base, had been designed by Wilbur Herbert Burnham, a famed designer of church windows. But this one was different. It showed the Virgin Mary surrounded by tanks, antiaircraft guns, planes, blimps. Instead of the Infant Jesus, the Virgin was holding a destroyer-escort vessel.

No sooner did the U.S. press publish the design than a storm of protests blew in on the Navy Department....

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