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Custodian Arrested

March 15th, 2016, Promulgated by Bernie

From The National Catholic Register

…when Kenney walked into the Cathedral on Jan. 29, he couldn’t believe his eyes. There, hanging in the nave of the cathedral, was a life-sized and fully detailed…

Read more HERE.

Be sure to take a look at some pictures of the displays HERE.

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One Response to “Custodian Arrested”

  1. avatar christian says:

    I agree with the custodian that the art show and displayed artwork should not have been displayed in the nave of the church. However, I would not have taken bolt cutters and cut the wires to the Mary Poppins figure so it could crash to the floor below, or/and destroying a dress in the Elizabeth I display, as well as removing the Buddha statue. (The article notes that Kenny the custodian removed the statue, not destroyed it).

    Buddha was/is not a god, he was simply a man. Buddha is actually a title meaning “awakened one” or “enlightened one.” “Siddhartha Gautama was born a prince in sixth century B.C. in what is now known as modern Nepal. His father, Suddhodana, was the ruler of the Sakya people and Siddhartha grew up living the extravagant life of a young prince.” “His father had ordered that he live a life of total seclusion, but one day Siddhartha ventured out into the world and was confronted with the reality of the inevitable suffering of life.” Buddha left his sheltered life in the royal kingdom the next day, and entered the world “to lead an ascetic life and determine a way to relieve universal suffering.” “For six years, Siddhartha submitted himself to rigorous ascetic practices, studying and following different methods of meditation with various religious teachers. But he was never fully satisfied. One day, however, he was offered a bowl of rice from a young girl and he accepted it. In that moment, he realised that physical austerities were not the means to achieve liberation. From then on, he encouraged people to follow a path of balance rather than extremism. He called this The Middle Way.” -From buddhist studies:buddhist pilmigrige

    Siddhartha Gautama who others referenced as “The Buddha,” brought no attention to himself and purposely told his followers not to look for him after he died, because he was not coming back.
    One day, a Brahman priest asked Buddha if he was a deva (god) and Buddha said, “no,” that he was not a deva. The Brahman priest then asked Buddha if he was a gandhabba (a kind of low grade god; a celestial musician) and Buddha said, “no.” Then the Brahman priest asked Buddha if he was yakkha (a kind of protector god, or sometimes a trickster spirit) and Buddha said, “no.” Buddha told the Brahman priest, “Remember me as ‘awakened.'” I have also heard it translated as “One who became awake.”

    I certainly am not trying to convert anyone to Buddhism, but am simply trying to educate those who may not be aware that the person referenced as Buddha was not, and is not, a god. Buddha’s followers made a statue to honor him after he died much like we as Catholics make a statue of a saint. The statue of Buddha represents a spiritual path, (could be referenced as a faith), centuries before Christ. Does it belong in a Catholic Church -no. I wonder how serious Buddhists feel about having a statue or bust of the originator and holy one of their faith put in a display nilly-willy with a flower arrangement as part of a movies theme, in a Catholic church?

    I started out in the pre-Vatican II era and had an understanding of sacred space and reverence. I was also taught by my parents to respect others denominations and others faiths. I can understand why Kenny, the custodian, simply removed the bust of Buddha.

    Regarding the annual Cathedral Flowers Festival, I can’t help but wonder if the Cathedral is either getting paid or is receiving a big donation to hold that Flowers Festival at the Cathedral.

    If the annual flower festival was being held in a different location on Cathedral property, it wouldn’t be a problem. I can appreciate art and culture, and have participated in this venture myself, and would refrain from destroying another artist’s works. But this display definitely does not belong in the nave of a church. In the last 30-40 years, there has been an increasing liberalization of church decor and architecture as well as what is deemed as appropriate as happening in the nave of the church and on the altar, by clergy, religious, and laity who have taken modern courses regarding the church, art, and culture.

    Perhaps if the pastor, chancellor, bishop, and brother think there is nothing wrong showing these type of displays at a church, maybe they could use host these type of annual flower and culture shows at their rectory.


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