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Toronto art show features bullet-riddled image of Pope

January 21st, 2011, Promulgated by Bernie
A Toronto art gallery is planning an exhibit of provocative works that includes a picture of a seated Pope Benedict XVI, riddled with bullet holes…
Read the brief article here at CatholicCulture.org .

Detail of the poster for the art show in Toronto.

Source for the Detail of the poster advertising the art show.

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11 Responses to “Toronto art show features bullet-riddled image of Pope”

  1. avatar Gen says:

    There’s a difference between being creative/making a statement and being a whiney, immature, morality-hating bigot.

    Put a bullet-riddled picture of a Muslim cleric, and there’d be an international outcry.

  2. avatar Eliza10 says:

    This is horrible! How can Toronto allow this???

  3. avatar Abaccio says:

    Gen, you stole the words right out of my mouth

  4. avatar Louis E. says:

    Now that might be an interesting experiment.Have an exhibit with side-by-side equally bullet-riddled pictures of the Pope and of that Egyptian religious authority who attacked the Pope’s call for Egyptian Christians to be protected,and see how similar the reactions are.

  5. avatar Dr. K says:

    Doesn’t this artwork encourage violence far more than any of the “angry conservative rhetoric” that the media quickly accuses of causing shootings?

  6. avatar Nerina says:

    No, no, no, Dr. K. It would only encourage violence if it were a picture of Nancy Pelosi riddled with bullets or President Obama. Oh, yeah. And there has to be a crosshair on the poster. That’s an absolute must.

    Louis, as much as artists claim they are for provocative and compelling art, they are scared witless to challenge our more extreme Muslim brothers. With good reason, too. Theo VanGogh, anyone? Christians are easy to take “pot shots” at because, as Mark Shea says, “Rome doesn’t issue fatwas.”

  7. avatar Bernie says:

    This is the kind of things ‘artists’ do when they don’t have any real talent.

  8. avatar Christopher says:

    Trying to look at this from another angle. If the church didn’t have it’s opposers it probably would mean it was no longer relevant or doing the right job? There is a theology on tap in Buffalo coming up in early february on “is the Catholic Church still relevant?”. I’d like to think things like this art show prove it is. Who’s defacing pictures of L Ron Hubbard or Joseph Smith?

  9. avatar snowshoes says:

    On this day of fasting and penance for the sins of elective abortion, and for its swift end, and as we get on our busses to go to DC for the March, I wonder what would happen if Catlicks showed up at the gallery (of course to pay the hefty admission fee, I’ll bet) to pray at the icon of St. Benedict XVI the Martyr, (God preserve him), what would happen? I certainly hope the good Cardinal Archbishop of Toronto goes there and kneels down to pray the Rosary. Let the RCMP throw him in gaol! Make hay while the sun shines! Pray, and witness. As has happened so often through the history of the Church, when good Catholics sanctify a bad situation with their steadfast witness and refusal to be coerced, even if they are martyred, great good results. Glory be to God! Holy Family, guide and protect us! O Mary, Queen of Martyrs, pray for us.

  10. avatar Nerina says:

    Good point, Christopher.

  11. I think that display is horrible! I would not call it Art. I agree, if it was done to a Muslim figure it would be all over the news as a human rights and religious rights violation. Additionally, the city, museum, and artist would probably get death threats ( as has happened in the past when some Muslims have been offended by depictions of their religion).

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