Sunday, April 14, 2013

Churches Reject a Sculpture of a Homeless Jesus; Blanketed Jesus Is Housed on Seminary Campus

A new sculpture of Jesus looks a lot like a homeless person lying on a bench -- which, ironically, is why it had trouble finding a home -- the Newser website reports today (April 14, 2013).

Artist Timothy Schmalz carved Jesus huddling under a blanket so that "marginalized" people could relate to Him. After all, Jesus was  portrayed as homeless.

But two prominent Catholic churches still passed on his work. "It was very upsetting because the rectors liked it, but when it got to the administration, people thought it might be too controversial or vague," says Schmalz.

The sculpture ultimately found a home in a downtown area of Toronto outside a Jesuit theological school.

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