The National Catholic Register is reporting that the Archdiocese of New York is investigating a Manhattan parish for hosting an art exhibit called “God is Trans: A Queer Spiritual Journey.”
Jesus, on the other hand, referred to God as “Our Father” quite famously in the prayer which is still recited today called the “Our Father.”
I love how the archdiocese has to “investigate” this. As if it needed more than a minute’s worth of investigation before deciding to fumigate the church.
The exhibit, which “maps the queer spiritual journey” and claims that “there is no devil” has upset some parishioners at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, while others are supportive, the New York Post reported.
An archdiocesan spokesperson told Newsweek that it only learned about the exhibit, which is displayed next to a side altar in the church, through media reports.
“We had no knowledge of it beforehand,” the spokesperson told the outlet.
“If media reports are accurate, then we would have concerns. We are investigating and looking to speak with the pastor of the parish to get more information,” the spokesperson said.
CNA reached out to the archdiocese and the pastor of the church, Father Rick Walsh, for comment on Tuesday but did not receive a response before publication.
Parishioners have been divided on the exhibit. The New York Post reported that an “irate” parishioner said “enough is enough.”
“It seems like they are trying to force the agenda on others,” the parishioner said. “Also, when a friend asked a priest about this they didn’t answer. You can’t put this out on the altar and then hide.”
“That’s what gets the church in trouble,” the parishioner said.
However, Cherri Gosh, 80, who supports the exhibit, told the New York Post that she loves the church because it is “very liberal.”
“I don’t understand the art, but this church is very liberal, which is why I love this church,” she said. “They are really in the present when others are not.”
The “God is Trans” exhibit by Adah Unachukwu “maps the queer spiritual journey by three significant points: Sacrifice, Identity, and Communion,” according to a description of the artwork, pictured by the Post.
“The painting Sacrifice and its complementarity act in the film speak to the need to shed an old life and personhood in order to be able to focus on your spiritual need. There is no devil; just past selves,” the description said.
Bill O’Connor, 79, who supports the exhibit, told the New York Post that the “queer community has been accepted here for a long time now.”
The church, which is run by the Paulist Fathers, runs a ministry called “Out at St. Paul,” which the parish’s website says is “our ministry and outreach to the Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Trans, and Queer community.”
To be clear, this has been going on for a while now. The rainbow flag has been flying at this church for a loooooooong time but the archdiocese says hmmmmm…this artwork requires an investigation and the result of our investigation is that we didn’t know about it and we would like to continue not knowing about it so we’re going to continue investigating. Got it?
May 11, 2023 at 10:36 am
Just a thought…but, I think one of the central objectives of the Church is to make the world look more like the Church and less like the world. Not the other way around. If the Church promotes the secular world, then the Church is not relevant or necessary.
May 11, 2023 at 2:25 pm
Good thoughts yes indeed.
May 11, 2023 at 11:36 pm
A shame the Paulists were always pretty far out.. I used to belong to a parish way uptown in Inwood, Manhattan. In those days it was staffed by the Paulists. there were predictably some “liberal” priests, but there were still a few solid Paulists. I’ll never forget one homily– father has been an army chaplain in Vietnam, and he related how he lay overnight in a streambed in the jungle with his platoon, pinned by a sniper. When they finally reached a safe place, he found that the communion bread in his pack had turned into a soggy lump. he took his knife and cut into ithe mush to find some bread that was fit for consecration so he could celebrate mass in the field with the men.I heard that story maybe 25 years ago, never to be forgotten. Feed my sheep. Yeah, what a contrast to today’s crumminess.