Religion: Yawns & Nausea

Many a devout Catholic has winced at the kewpie-doll saints and candy-box Virgins which sometimes decorate Roman shrines and churches. The objection is not merely on esthetic grounds, says the Rev. David Ross King, diocesan superintendent of schools at Superior, Wis. In last week's issue of Commonweal, Father King argues that brummagem religious art is a danger to the faith:

"I believe that [Author] Julian Green did the art of Catholics in America a service when he faced honestly 'the awful spell cast over religious sensibility by [Raphael]. . . .' Raphael did indeed 'saturate and infect the minds of millions with...

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