HATRED IN THE CREATIVE ARTS: “Evil-doers” Collection Opens in Toronto

And I tell you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.   -- Matthew 16:18  *     *     *     *     * To send light into the darkness of men's hearts—such is the duty of the artist.  --Schumann  *     *     *     *     * It’s good that we know how things turn out in the end.  Having read the last page—and knowing that God is victorious in the end—helps to take the edge off our cynicism and disappointment when yet another buf … [Read more...]

BLASPHEMY, OR JUST BAD TASTE? Pepsi’s Superbowl Ad Goes Too Far

I enjoy a good laugh as much as the next guy.  I’ve gotta say, though, that I’m having a hard time keeping my composure after watching the front-running commercial in the Pepsi Company’s 2011 Super Bowl advertisement contest. Titled “Feed Your Flock,” the commercial satirizes the Eucharist, the most sacred mystery in which, Catholics believe, Jesus gives of Himself—offering us His body and blood.  What’s so funny about that? “Blasphemy” is irreverence toward holy personages, religious artif … [Read more...]