I mentioned the other day…

…that one of the great things about being Catholic is that everything is interesting because it’s all part of God’s ongoing act of creation and redemption and is therefore grist for Catholics to think about. So, for instance, a Vatican university just hosted a conference looking at the (amazingly complex) history and meaning of tattoos.

Tattoos are emphatically not my cup of tea. But then who says everything has to fit into my teacup? Tattoos are as much a form of human communication and art as any other medium we use and have had intense religious and cultural meanings over the ages. It’s perfectly fitting that a Catholic scholar should take up the subject. That’s part of what I love about the Faith: the intellectual freedom that comes of knowing “catholic” means “universal”.

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