Comments on: Vienna cardinal explains stand on erotic Last Supper painting Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 By: xander Fri, 30 May 2008 14:49:03 +0000 I fail to see how Hrdlicka, or any other artist for that matter, can be “destroying the faith of others” when those others were at no time forced to view or consider the works in question. The Archbishop was following a long-standing tradition of Roman-Catholic patronage by supporting the exhibition and an even longer-standing tradition of playing politics for personal protection in the Church hierarchy when he dissembled as to his role in “allowing” the exhibition. Several popes, most recently John Paul II have praised artistic impressionism in creatively interpreting sacred scenes for their ability to create religious dialogue. Certainly this example has done that. Finally, to the unfortunate poster who erroneously and inflammatorily cited the tale of Sodom and Gomorrah, those cities were destroyed, according to the Bible, for lack of charity. Perhaps your time would be better spent reading rather than thumping your Bible.

By: chukwudi Sat, 24 May 2008 10:21:44 +0000 you really have no idea what damages has been done to the church do you? that’s why you people are talking about this so logically! you say this man; this painter was looking for faith yet his acts only seemed to be destroying the faith of others… it is alright when people outside of the church make or say blasphemous things at least we know where not to look but in the church how we can escape!! this is really bad!!! And the director of a “cathedral museum” not realizing the damage what he allowed we do to peoples faith or the cardinal who is sounding so diplomatic in a issue of this magnitude… is this really a roman catholic church. Men may God forgive you all because i finding it difficult to do so. Yes the fact that such art is a normalty in venice does it make it right as the fact that almost everyone is sexually promiscuous doesn’t it make it right. if so surely Sodom and Gomorrah should never have been destroyed. So i unlike the above statement poster do not praise the cardinal’s because in his words i do not feel any remorse only a lot of deceit … men i am hurting on a very deep level… on a level i never thought possible…

By: Armin Fri, 11 Apr 2008 19:31:22 +0000 A rare example of non-conform, contemporary art, that moves, inspires and motivates own thinking – Greek drama at it’s best… so, this is Old Europe: Refreshing every day!!! Congratulations to the artist!

By: Raymond Cote Thu, 10 Apr 2008 20:39:42 +0000 The Cardinal sounds like a politician. He had the infamous ‘last supper’ removed but left the other pruient ‘art,’ in the name of art, I suppose. The Cardinal’s poor judgement ranks with the poor judgement of all too many Cardinals and bishops. I think in particular of Cardinal Law who has yet to be held accountable for his egreious administration. Is there no accountability for the base judgements of members of the hierarchy. Do they suppose that they shall not be addressed with the words: “Get thee behind me, Satan”?

By: Michael Thu, 10 Apr 2008 18:17:53 +0000 Thanks for the news…

While I appreciate Cardinal Schönborn’s due response, it is still rather insignificant.

…the museum’s director, Dr Bernhard Böhler, is personally responsible…..

I agree with the above statement, but the interview is laced with some fallacies. Cardinal Schönborn continues, “I agreed to an exhibition of his(Hrdlicka) works at the Cathedral Museum, albeit without detailed knowledge of the individual works to be exhibited… The Cardinal is also personally responsible for the display and ultimately is the final word in what would be displayed.
The Cardinal goes on to sound very well read on the topic of Hrdlicka as an artist and stated that Hrdlicka admitted to “longing for faith.” One, certainly he is well read NOW on Hrdlicka, but for Hrdlicka’s being one, if not “the most notable of any living artists” in one’s own country and having a reputable museum attached… cluelessness abound.

Two, I will liken Hrdlicka’s placement in the museum to that of a well known regional figure and artist of the past, the ever popular… Adolf Hitler. Why doesn’t Dr. Bernhard Böhler or Cardinal Schönborn agree to put some of his artwork in the Museum…? Hitler also admitted to longing for faith had a great longing for faith, however misguided that may have been.

I am waiting for news of Dr. Bernhard Böhler’s termination of his post…

By: Hilary Flanery Wed, 09 Apr 2008 23:02:46 +0000 “Nevertheless, I still hold the opinion that we must welcome the fact that artists who do not share our faith, or are still searching for belief, occupy themselves so intensively with biblical subjects.”


Vile, vile,
Down the aisle
Narcissistic freaks they file,

Not the fools
Who feign their gaiety…
But tolerant white sepulchred laity.

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