Catholicism And Modern Art

It’s not that I dislike it as the headline suggests but what it has transformed into. The only way I can describe Modern Catholicism is how I’d describe modern art. It’s just a stroke of paint on the wall, it’s not art its way too simple to be art. You can’t just put a pair of glasses on the ground and call it art.

Catholicism like modern art has become void of all substance, meaning and the mystical. In its quest of compromise with the secular/pagan world in order to help bring about an easier conversion by making life easier for us all, it has become further disconnected from a world that already despises it.

Today I revisited this pain when I went to my local church at 3pm. They spent 10 minutes saying prayers for Good friday which consisted of the Divine Mercy chaplet at 3pm and then they all went home. I got back in the car and said to my wife ”You know down in the Greek Catholic and Orthodox parishes in Dublin they’re only getting started and ours is over already?”

Afterwards there’s no community. No coffee or chance to socialize like in Orthodox parishes. Everyone just makes a dash for the door and it’s considered to be an end to the obligation.

I almost felt like I should have just stayed at home and lit some candles to have our own 3pm Holy Hour.

Tomorrow I plan to go to my Ukrainian Greek Catholic parish an hour away in Dublin. I just can’t go through easter without experiencing some kind of closeness to God. The Roman Catholic Church just fails miserably at any attempt to lift a soul off the ground and bring it to God via the Divine Liturgy. They don’t even call it Divine Liturgy which has a much better ring to it than ”Mass”. The word Mass means nothing it’s mad.

I know it sounds mad, even Jesus I bet thinks it sounds mad when we say this is the church that’s the true Church.

Tomorrow I will be greeted by the smell of incense, singing, chant, imagery and tradition in which body language also plays a part in our prayer towards Christ in the tomb.





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2 thoughts on “Catholicism And Modern Art

  1. A Catholic friend of mine, recently, returned to California from a trip to Italy. She was blown away by the beauty of the churches and also the Mass said there in a few places. But she was saddened by the fact that the crowd was largely older people. No kids. No families. Over here, I’m part of a parish that is very much alive, and I’m really grateful for it. My wife came home from the Good Friday service telling me her legs were kind of hurting from all the kneeling and standing. I don’t think it’s the whole Catholic church that is sunk, but it’s disheartening, to be sure, for the large part of it that is.

    • I know, and here in Ireland you will also see lovely churches. However you will only find them in ”wealthy” ”middle class” areas. You won’t find them in poor areas the minds of whom the priests know they can manipulate and build horrible churches. These sadly are the neighbourhoods mostly targeted. There’s good art out there if you look for it.

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