your submissions make Baby Jesus cry…

Number 1

… and on the third day He arose and was like “Whaaaat?” and the people were like “Whaaaaat?”

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Captain Nemo’s tabernacle… arrrrgh, matey.

Number 5

Rock Monster will eat your priests.

Number 6

Grrrrr. I haz tiger!

Number 7

The um… erected Jesus.

Number 8

Soooo gay!

Number 9

Nightmares!

Number 10

I haz center cut pleaz.

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Sith Madonna

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Moth Man Prophecy

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Stairway to Heaven

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My obelisk is bigger than yours.

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Mormon Jesus

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Putrid Pieta

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“I’m melting….. meeeelting. Oh what a world!”

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Tin Man

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… that’s all folks. No more submissions will be taken. Over the next day or two I will tag the photos and voting will begin shortly. I will keep you all posted.

I want to thank all who participated in this contest of visual assault.

ps- used my executive authority and deleted the controversial Trinity submission… only because my Abuelita has a similar statue on her night stand; right in between the Divino Nino and glow in the dark plastic Madonna. :-)

About Katrina Fernandez

Mackerel Snapping Papist

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07865614471400711543 Rob

    Is that third picture an ambry or a ancient microphone?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07865614471400711543 Rob

    Actually, the 4th picture.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15969938904815162117 TheSeeker

    @RJW: looks like a horrid tabernacle to me :-( Man Cannonball…these are AWFUL!! Ur pichurz makez Baby Jesus cry.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06117353945124506952 The Crescat

    new title!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17884455503379229264 Patm

    The one near the bottom, with the orange and yellow circles and the silhouetted people…it looks like Che & Jesus play Assassin!

  • Anonymous

    Here is a flicker collection of photos of the Las Vegas Cathedral (Guardian Angel Cathedral). It is right on the strip. It is all so bad, that it is hard to pick just one.http://www.flickr.com/photos/estevesm/sets/72157600403425027/Well, here is one that is particularly bad. It the mural painted on the Apse of the Cathedral.http://www.flickr.com/photos/estevesm/571279610/in/set-72157600403425027/Yikes.– dan-O

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11305092097247290243 Anita Moore

    RJW, the 4th picture is a tabernacle in the chapel of a Franciscan convent in eastern Idaho. It is made from irrigation pipe valves.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07865614471400711543 Rob

    Man! That's worse than it being an ambry!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07865614471400711543 Rob

    That gold "crucifix"??? "Yo, Jacko, come dance with me!"

  • http://atomic-fungus.livejournal.com Ed Hering

    #12: "Fame! I'm gonna live forever…"

  • Anonymous

    Night will be hard to endure!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12581921701006325552 kRad

    I spy Orthometer in a Stooges shirt. Not as sure about who that is on the building behind him however…

  • http://universitycatholic.blogspot.com Alex

    reminds me of cafeteria is closed… let us pray for Gerald Augustus

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09010599481447232016 Jeff Geerling

    "Traffic directing Jesus tells kids where to dance" for the one with the altar up against the wall (are they celebrating ad orientem?).

  • Anonymous

    these are terrible. But wait, there's more.-Tina in Ashburn

  • Anonymous

    Ought to post pics from St. Robert's in Ada, MI. We jokingly call it "The Shrine of the Wheat god"Tabernacle in another room down the hall, no crucifix, Statue of Mary way in the back corner, and a GIANT thing that looks like a sheaf of wheat behind the altar.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02327763839418228519 RC

    Fun contest!Could you number the images, to make commenting easier? The Rock Monster could also be called "Matrix Jesus".Two images below it, the colorful church looks like a Transporter malfunction.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08046773358292402621 Angela Messenger

    The rock monster could be quick sand…

  • Anonymous

    The irrigation-pipe thingy reminds me of a submarine…"up periscope."And for the mime…Oh Lordy! Rubber Ducky on wall says, "No mimes in church–not even in France."–Angela

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02111042672936788662 Derik

    12th picture, that attempt of crucifix, is like "Jesus on a stick" or "skewered Jesus"

  • Anonymous

    Not sure which picture looks the worst…http://stgianna.ca/content/view/12/14/Wouldn't you give money to the building of this $14million Catholic Church?!

  • Jason

    the 2nd and 3rd look like something outta the basement of the esoteric order of dagon

  • tomray7

    Caption for the picture of Father Theater standing in front of the blue screen, with apologies to John Steinbeck:Then Lennie held up the sticks and yelled, "George! I found some firewood, George!"

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10882336166976124676 The Kernel

    I wish I could submit an entire Cathedral for your disgust, but I guess I'll just content myself with giving a few pics from here in Aus. These ones are courtesy of the newly rebuilt St Patrick's Cathedral in Parramatta, near Sydney:A 'confronting' painting of the Sacred Heart. A piece of work for an art gallery perhaps, but not a place of worship.http://www.parra.catholic.org.au/Bishop/Q+A-Arch/06jun-questions.htmAustralia's own Blessed Mary Mackillop is also there. I've heard this one being labelled 'Death Mask Mary' or 'Darth Mary' Personally I prefer the latter. http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/a1iyBxup6QooTl3I-n8pUg

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15008584395919875602 Obi’s Sister

    I've been in many churches over the years, of many faiths, and I can say without a doubt the Catholics do bad religious art the best. Blue Ribbon!

  • Anonymous

    TheoLogic,I think your Sacred Heart painting wins! Art, yes; religious, definitely not.Here in America we've had a traveling exhibition called "Bodies…The Exhibition," where real skinned, dissected human bodies have been preserved and posed as art. I think for most of us it would be difficult to pray/meditate while looking at such images.Angela

  • Bea

    Those are sooo ugly! I loved the "Rock Monster" thing. And my mom used to go to a church in Tampa that had one of those things.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15123095711319056949 Barbara Weeks

    Shame on you! Ridicule in the guise of humor isn't funny or Christian.

  • Anonymous

    @ Barbara Weeks:How is ridicule of something bad "not Christian"? Please explain. Here are a couple quotes (courtesy of C.S. Lewis) from a couple notable Christian thinkers:"The best way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to texts of Scripture, is to jeer and flout him, for he cannot bear scorn" –Martin Luther"The devil… the prowde spirit…cannot endure to be mocked" –Thomas MoreAnd these hideous things are certainly worth mocking. Of course, I wouldn't know. I am obviously not as good and decent a person as you are.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01469622835449220113 Dymphna

    The Rock Monster Jesus is the worst. In my diocese we have a church that did the same thing only with the Holy Spirit. I told my husband that I never want to go back there because that thing in the bricks gives me the creeps. It look like a Ring Wratih trying to break loose from the wall.

  • Anonymous

    Dan-O beat me too it. The Guardian Angel Cathedral on the 'Strip' in Las Vegas is… um… interesting:http://www.lasvegas-diocese.org/images/GuardianAngelAltar2008_800px.jpg

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03902392621035884843 Katy

    "The best way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to texts of Scripture, is to jeer and flout him, for he cannot bear scorn" –Martin Luther"The devil… the prowde spirit…cannot endure to be mocked" –Thomas MoreAnd these hideous things are certainly worth mocking. Two thumbs up for these quotes. Christ and His Saints deserve far better from us than these aesthetic horrors, this mockery and ridicule in the guise of art, and the only way not to cry is to laugh. Second from bottom: is that an anteater in the baptismal font? Or: "Rodents of unusual size? I don't think they exist."Is it just me or does Jesus-in-the-wall bear an uncanny resemblance to Han-Solo-in-carbonite?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11305092097247290243 Anita Moore

    The Guardian Angel Cathedral on the 'Strip' in Las Vegas is… um… interestingLes Demoiselles d'Avignon meets Jesus in the celestial temple in Salt Lake City.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09819523933502820341 Terry Nelson

    I absolutely love the expression on the face of the guy in the black beret holding the palms with the blue screen behind him. He's soooooo gay! hey – that's my caption: "So gay"

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06117353945124506952 The Crescat

    LOL Terry… for you… anything!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15204262882202051257 Vincenzo
  • Steven P. Cornett

    21: The Stairway to nowhere…20: blessed Peter of Pan? or was that Michael Jackson's donation.17: Hysteria that brings desolation.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04458504641419416339 Smiley

    EWWWWW

  • Anonymous

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Eucharisticrenewalphoto.jpgThis is the lat supper mural at St Paul's Church in Tintagel

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04458504641419416339 Smiley

    ai caramba

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02220512226096382610 SherryTex

    #4) the Porthole of God#20) Mary, Mother of God preparing to attend a Babylon 5 Convention#19)Soul: Jesus! What is that?Jesus: I have no idea.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02220512226096382610 SherryTex

    One more. 18) Remember kids, He died so you could have coffee with those donuts after mass so don't forget to go downstairs when we're done here. It's not sinful to recognize bad art as bad.

  • Anonymous

    Re no. 9: That one is really tragic – it's in St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, and it's meant to remember Sr. Restituta Kafka, a nun who was beheaded in, I think, 1943 for her faith and for "Wehrkraftzersetzung" and other crimes against the Nazist order of things. She was beatified some years back. Whenever I see a picture of this, it's like seeing Freisler's Volksgerichtshof in action TODAY – again and again. The "artist" was (and is) a devout atheist – and nobody dared to object the installation of this nightmare.Hermann

  • Steven P. Cornett

    The "artist" was (and is) a devout atheist – and nobody dared to object the installation of this nightmare.That's what I don't understand, and this wasn't the first time the Church there accepted one of this artist's awful works. Why did they not tell this artist to buzz off, since his works are so clearly and intentionally offensive the Church and the Faith?Or are those the fruits by which we should know that the Austrian clergy are truly wolves in sheep's clothing?Steven P. Cornettcornetts@wcoil.com

  • Anonymous

    - Mr. Cornett: Wish it were that simple. If I remember correctly (I tried to block out the whole sorry affair, without much success), the "artist" is a communist and, therefore, anti-fascist. He has completed several pieces which are generally recognized as good. One of the most famous is the "Jew washing the street" in Vienna's first municipal district, which was inaugurated some years back, when another "jubilee" of 1938 rolled around. Now, remember, this is Austria, and "fascism" remains one of the most effective weapons against anyone you don't like the opinion of. So, publicly rejecting the "statement" (aka the Nightmare statue) of Mr. Whatsisname about equals rejecting his stance on Nazism – at least, if you believe in what the media will make of such an action. So, putting up the sculpture perpetrated in the name of blessed Sister "Resoluta" may well be the "minus malum" one always hears about. Hermann

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11305092097247290243 Anita Moore

    Actually, one of the big purposes of the bust of Bl. Restituta appears to be to make martyrs out of dead communists. Find a link to the text of the inscription.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06247421363309732839 Acolyte4236

    This is exactly why the Orthodox Church has strict rules on iconography and church art.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15969938904815162117 TheSeeker

    #12 makes Jesus look like an awkward parade leader.#15 makes our Mother look like a Sith lord.#16 looks like something Heavens Gate would've designed.ps, I'm very excited about the new title :-D

  • Steven P. Cornett

    Re; Anonymous,It's sacrilege and clearly intended to be. It's about honoring Communists as martyrs and honoring them in the memory of the "general will" while the real marytr is shown rotted and screaming. It's intentional exaltation of secularism and trashing of the Saints, which is sacrilege. There is no minimizing of the malum at all.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01680011135555390760 Sic Transit Gloria Mundi

    Here you go… http://www.christthelightcathedral.org/Welcome to Oakland, CA Take the tour and start asking yourself "Am I in a church or the headquarters of the old Soviet Union?" Bet you didn't know concrete could be soooo…ugh.

  • Steven P. Cornett

    Re: Sic Transit,Here you go… http://www.christthelightcathedral.org/Welcome to Oakland, CA.Is that the one that's shaped like a football from above? OTOH, I thought the Taj Mahoney was the one that looked like an old Soviet Union bunker building.

  • Steven P. Cornett

    Re: Sic Transit,I just took the link.I was right…it is the football shaped one.You're right too. It's ugly as sin.Steven P. Cornettcornetts@wcoil.com

  • Anonymous

    The Seeker and Sherrytex: The sci-fi looking statue (#15) is actually of Blessed Mary MaKillop, Australia's first (and unfortunately only) saint. Just FYI…

  • Anonymous

    - re Anita Moore: Well, Restituta went to her death in the company six Communist tramway workers, who had also been sentenced to death on the guillotine. The "artist" of course thought to include his six fellows-in-atheism in the memory of the resolute nun. Sad to say, in 1943 the Communists were the only recalcitrant cells left in what today is Austria. The Conservative and the Catholic anti-Nazists had sorely lacked practice in camouflage and underground work and were much more easily detected by the Gestapo. By 1942, none of them were left. The Commies had been in hiding since 1933 and thus were much more savvy in surviving the seven-thousand years' Reich. – As I already said, this is Austria, and if it were simple here, none of my countrymen had ever emigrated to, e.g., North America. Hermann

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01469622835449220113 Dymphna

    #15, what is that thing?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08904542599983127845 Laura The Crazy Mama

    12-Saviorkabob21-Careful! That last step is a doozy! 19-The tree fairy emerged from her bark cocoon18-The parish council re-thought the whole "let's sell the pews to commission the artist to make the pretty cross sculpture" idea when they also had to fund yoga classes for after each Mass.15-Iron Maiden16"It's ELECTRIC, boogiewoogieoogieoogie!"

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14272491919194083355 Mike in CT

    #15– did they recycle the father's costume from Amadeus! And that's supposed to draw people to Mary?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06628206579067878095 Sarah

    This is a fantastic contest idea! Two years ago I did a research project on modern church architecture. Here's a couple of the hideous gems I discovered. In ChicagoBurning Bush/Brain Coral tabernacle Holy Name Cathedral's "Ascension"/Weber Kettle Grill/Fires of Hell tabernacleThen in VirginiaTIE-Fighter tabernacleTwig people Stations of the Cross and the Holy Family statue that seriously frightened me as a kid. They're posing with a lion to symbolize parish patron St. Mark.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09819523933502820341 Terry Nelson

    #16 – is that cathy?

  • Anonymous

    #19…Did anyone ever watch the "Mothman Prophecies?"Angela

  • Swine Flew

    Oh man, I just chanced on this blog and got a blast from the past! #11 used to hang above the altar in the parish church of my childhood in Tampa. I remember well the groans and murmurs when it was installed. Time mercifully brought renovations, and this was donated to – I guess wherever that is in the picture.

  • Anonymous

    #9 is the worst because the artist apparently intended it to be ugly for the purpose of derision. The person who made it seems to be expressing contempt for the subject and the viewer. There are scarier close-ups of it than this small shot. The other submissions in this contest are probably just creativity running amok.

  • Anonymous

    Ummm we know that there are gays in the Church…why dont we let THEM decorate from now on?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11713499438047823595 KimP

    Each photo that I look at I think, "Oh, that one will surely win – it is hideous." And then I see the next one and shudder. After scrolling through them one by one, and seeing each worse than the last, I ask myself, "What precise level of hell is this?" I don't know how a "winner" will be chosen. They all are awful.

  • Anonymous

    #15 makes Mary look like a Sith Lord from Star wars!

  • Anthony

    is #23 supposed to be a phallic symbol?#33 looks like something from a Tim Burton moviewell at least in 29 they got it right and they had all men in itplease tell me 18 is a retreat centre and not a church, don't people have any senses?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15528066705030924413 Diane

    OK, what on earth is #17???And has #24 been cleared for takeoff?

  • Mark

    #11 – Please exit to the doors on your left please.#24 – Beneath the Planet of the Apes.

  • Anonymous

    # 43Mahony's Molten Men from Mars tabernacle (in his new cathedral).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07874681310775395586 Lola

    I think #43 is the awfulness of all. Yikes.What would make this even more interesting is to find out how much was paid for the above "art".That might just make us feel as bad as the stuff looks.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16917803593444075354 berenike

    A suggestionI have another minger, but it's so horrible, the parish website has no photos of the interior :-)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16917803593444075354 berenike

    Oh, how could I forget?Sanctuary of the Divine Providence And they wonder why they are having difficulty raising funds for its completion …

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07592851515207841008 Christina

    #12 – EVERYBODY DANCE NOW!!!#24 – "What do you mean Freudian symbolism?"

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09649237173680633611 Charles Culbreth

    Anthony, gender appropriate or not, #22, seemed very Twelve-Step to me; "Hi, my name is Yeshuah, and I'm…." HI YESHUAH!

  • https://creativecommons.net/Xenophore/ Xenophore

    As I said over on MCJ, it always breaks my heart to walk into a magnificent Catholic church building only to see the devastation caused to the interiors by Vatican II. To see a beautiful stone high altar that have been covered up or ripped out only to be replaced by some hideous wooden donut in the middle of the choir is an abomination I cannot bear.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06189142564821094716 Sanctus Belle

    Ok, my caption pick #38 Night of the Living Dead Jesus#24 Phallic symbol chairs gone wrong#22 Necrotic Dancing

  • Anonymous

    #26 What you don't see is that this Damacletian sword-among-the pricklies is holding a wishbone in his outstretched right hand… hoping gay archbishops can go to heaven.

  • Anthony

    oh, made the mistake, yes 24 is the phallic symbol, my Jesus is bigger than your bigger.Ah Number 20 and 43, wonderful art from Taj Mahoney. At least they got the tapestries right.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10248937524101716733 RFP

    Photo #1: "The George Carlin Jesus" or, "Carlin Christ" Photo #3: Blessed Chernobyl Church Photo #7: Come on people, even Jesus had to take a shower…. Photo #13: Giant Clams! Getchur giant clams here! Photo #15: The Golden Hobbit Photo #16 Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Temple of Doom Photo #17 "Happy Birthday dear Jeesuuus, happy birthday to youuuuu….." Photo #23:Yes, spiders need a place of worship too. Photo #24: Rocket Man Church, where everyone's a star! Photo #26: Alfred Hitchcock's preferred place of worship. Photo #27: The Pope announced today that the Sacred Heart of Jesus needed quadruple bypass surgery… Photo #28: "Dunkin' Donuts–they're heavenly!" Photo #30: Star Trek transporter malfunction

  • Anonymous

    #30–Dorothy, Scarecrow, and Cowardly Lion holding Baby Jesus?!#31 reminds me of something I saw during my histology class.#42 Little Mermaid jumps up from behind a rock.Angela

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13323840045269630053 The Young Catholic
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06117353945124506952 The Crescat

    That's all folks!!!!! I'll spend the next day or two tagging the submissions and then voting will begin. I want to thank you everyone for visually assaulting me and your fellow bloggers with some truly heinous "art". Your contributions have been great. If you don't see your submission, shoot me an email the_crescat@yahoo.com. A few I did leave out, like church building structures because I wanted to stay within the theme of art and not architecture.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05448606370954321495 RFP

    Photo #45: Everybody was kung fu fighting, those cats were fast as lightning. In fact it was a little bit frightening….:)

  • Anonymous

    Photo No. 46:Suggested Caption:Oh my … this time, Bernd das Kastenbrot had really taken some severely wrong turns … just wait, where Muesli das Schaf and Primel der Busch will appear … Explanation:German speciality, a TV series on Kika, the Children's Channel: Bernd "the toast" (literally; he's a depressed slice of bread) and his chaps, Muesli (a sheep), enthusiastic as they can be, and Primel (primula), a walking bush. Bernd always gets into new situations he doesn't like, even has adventures – while he'd like nothing more than sitting at home and looking at his ingrain wallpaper.

  • Greg Nagy

    2 – Surely this is not from a Catholic church, but that joke "flying spaghetti monster" parody religion that the athiests think they are so clever for making up. 18 – Rev Jones, Rev Jones! Is the kool-aid ready yet? 44 – Somewhere, a number of poor parks have lost all their benches45 – not bad in general, but I am sure that if I looked at it, even during mass, "Triangle Man" by TMBG would get stuck in my head. Thats a distraction I do not want.

  • Anonymous

    #35"And I'll have a large basket of Jeezez to go please."

  • Mark

    Re: #45,I wonder what the issue here is – the representations are beautiful nicely colored. While I in general do not approve of pictures of God the Father (preferring Jesus, as the Image of the Father) – this image of the Father is not "ugly" at all. BTW: the triangle halo is traditional for God the Father, representing the Trinity. see: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/11080b.htm

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13012659654328281150 Agnes B Bullock

    I cannot believe how obvious #20 is- The Obamessiah hath cometh- bow down and adore him"

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06117353945124506952 The Crescat

    tzard… I think its the karate chop hand gestures. but I agree… I like it… its very hispanic.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14622122615403197213 Mary Jansen

    #35 is Christ the Light Cathedral in Oakland. It's absolutely beautiful and full of ancient and modern symbolism. The Jesus pixel is a replica from Chartre Cathedral and at night it shines out.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11305092097247290243 Anita Moore

    I have to agree with Tzard about #45: that is a very traditional representation of the Trinity, and not ugly.

  • Anonymous

    #44 may be minimalist/plain, but doesn't a big blank wall look SO MUCH better than the garbage we're seeing in most of these photos?Angela

  • Anonymous

    #23 Does not exist yet. That is only the design… there is still time to stop it…

  • Anonymous

    I pretty much died from laughter when I saw my home parish (#13) on this list. I've always said it was ugly, and this list proves my point!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11713499438047823595 KimP

    Okay, for my money, it is a toss up between 22 and 7. If a gun was put to my head, I'd have to go with 7. It's sheer ickiness is compounded by the very public nature of the "erected Jesus".

  • Anonymous

    #49 Spidey shoots some web#50 The Whomping Willow strikes

  • Anonymous

    #30 The Holy Family join up with the Cowardly Lion for the journey to Egypt #32 Replication complete#43 Deep in the reactor core, something is secreting …#44 Harry Potter & Dumbledore's post mortem meetup#45 Kill me now. Please.$47 Kitchen Plate Jesus

  • Holly

    I don't care for the the fountain thing in #13, but I kind of like that the baptismal font is shaped like a coffin. It's not one of the traditional shapes, but the imagery is interesting.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14158580416839968994 Agnes Kay

    Father,I cannot believe that none from Christ Our King, Mt. Pleasant SC, were not in here. There would be so much to choose from, but the gay Jesus hanging above the Altar should have made it.Thanks for this!!!The poor souls!Kay

  • Anonymous

    Huh? What? Mmmm-kay

  • Anonymous

    #3 looks like female genitalia. Everything is there- the clitoris, a vagina, everything.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15000747762174079070 PraiseDivineMercy

    On #34: Since when do Catholics worship the allspark?http://media.photobucket.com/image/allspark/pairadocs/ebay/allspark.jpgI actually like #27, provided it's a side wall decoration and not on the main altar.#28 is beautiful. Am I missing something?Most of these are hideous though. Several are outright offensive rather than just bad art, especially #49. In #50 it seems like the modern architecture is attacking the Divine Mercy image.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08136460696069731655 The Reformer

    Deus in Adiutorium Meum Intende…Domine ad Adiuvandum me festina…

  • q7swallows+3

    #32 — Bob, I'll take what's behind Door #1…

  • Anonymous

    I don't think we should be focusing on which church is the ugliest. It is sad to say some of these pictures are horrible. It is like they worship idols, they do not represent the true image of our Lord Jesus and Blessed Virgin Mary or Saints. Some looks like they worship modernism or paganism. The tabernacle, that is the most important part of the church, The true body, blood soul and divinity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ should not be housed in those horrible and disrespectful containers. A Tabernacle should be adorned with beauty, with glory, love and holiness. That is what Jesus is. But shame on all of you who fall into this contest submissions. Instead of making fun of them, you should write to them or ask how you can help replace those statues, paintings, or tabernacles that does not truly represent the beauty of God, Jesus, Mary and the Saints. I extend to you the United Hearts of Jesus and Mary's Blessings and Saint Michael God's warrior and defender of the the most Holy Catholic Church.Cristus Vinci

  • Anonymous

    Is there supposed to be something wrong with #38?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16759274486679530625 Joseph Fromm

    #36 is the Holy Water font at Mary Queen of the Universe Shrine in Orlando, Florida.This shrine has a very large gift shop adjacent to the main church and contents are extremely faithful to Church teachings. This shrine also has about 50 hours a week dedicated to hearing confessions and a beautiful adoration chapel. The Plexiglas Jesus on the main crucifix takes a little getting used too.Number 50Is the shrine of the Divine Mercy just outside of Krakow, Poland. What bothered me about the shrine was the red light over the tabernacle.JMJJoe

  • Anonymous

    Number 28 is a Mormon statue, not Catholic. It is located in the Visitors Center in the Salt Lake City Mormon Temple Square. Here's the wikipedia entry: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Temple_SquareAll that outer space imagery — Mormons believe they will become gods over their own planets … but I digress.Anyway, this entry is invalid for a Catholic bad art contest. You'd need to run a bad art contest for Mormon art, and hoo boy would that be a hum-dinger! They got seriously bad art.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00566510275974774996 HermitCrab

    Number 17After filling the multi-colored balloons with heavenly helium, El Padre transmorphed into Elle Soprano – He had some ‘splainin’ to do.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01270550419011368834 Christine the Soccer Mom

    Joe, my husband and I just visited Mary, Queen of the Universe last week. My pictures are here.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05426358352799322930 Mary

    I'd say either 4 or 32!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13351034705766073667 Kiwi Nomad 2008

    Some of these churches that you expose to ridicule, I would actually find it easy to sit quietly and pray in. Some others I would not. But I find the way many in the commentariat here denigrate the churches of others to be quite arrogant. The spirit of Love seems to have left the comment-boxes.

  • Mack

    #1 is from St. Jude's in Beamont, Texas. It was worse — there were smaller statues, apparently disciples, accompanying this one, with their backs to the congregation and looking as if they were relieving themselves against the wall.

  • Anonymous

    Mack, you're right! And I am certain that #3 and #5 are also in the same diocese. That's Bishop Guillory and Fr McCrate in #3.I'm so proud!!

  • Sr. John OCDS

    So many choices, not enough time. I think #4. Kinda like Moby Dick, Loch Ness, Edmund Fitzgeraldish.

  • Anonymous

    This is ecclesiastical pornography, pure and simple. Pray for the poor souls who must endure these abominations every Sunday. Pray also for the mercy of God to those who created and those who perpetuate and defend these abominations, especially the priests and bishops of these so-called "churches". May God have mercy on their souls.

  • Anonymous

    Is it just me, or in #29 does the Savior kind look like Robert Downey Jr?

  • Scott W.

    Some of these churches that you expose to ridicule, I would actually find it easy to sit quietly and pray in. Some others I would not. But I find the way many in the commentariat here denigrate the churches of others to be quite arrogant. The spirit of Love seems to have left the comment-boxes.Did you have some specific comments in mind? Which ones are arrogant? Why are they arrogant? I am willing to grant that some of the art here was well intentioned. But intentions only go so far. Some of examples are tolerable, barely. Others are plain ugly and an outright assualt on the very concept of Beauty and have no business being in a church and frankly ought to be ridiculed.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16566692439287842158 Avro Arrow

    How about a church that looks more like a place of Devil Worship or the front gates of hell? BEHOLD, La Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona, Spain! (Not for the queasy or faint of heart, this thing just looks EVIL!!!):http://neatorama.cachefly.net/images/2007-05/la-sagrada-night.jpgand:http://neatorama.cachefly.net/images/2007-05/la-sagrada-familia-1.jpg

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    holy shit

  • NY Mom

    or unholy shit, rather.

  • Jean

    Dear Lord Save us!!!!!!

  • Beth

    If these are all Catholic churches they would not entice me into converting.

  • Theophania Antinomian

    This is what makes me think the Gnostics had it right – a secret doctrine for the elite, only for those who feel they have no place in this world. Once you popularize something you vulgarize it. This…crap…is a major reason I lost faith (though not interest) in Christianity, to the point where I basically blame it for the collapse of Western culture. It created a vehicle for sanctifying vices, like charity, hope, faith, virtue, etc. Once you kick a culture in the values the visible signs appear rapidly – and lastingly.

    • James

      Wow.. this is one of the stupidest comments I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Blaming Christianity for the COLLAPSE of Western culture? What nonsense! And you call charity, hope, faith, and virtue “vices”, as if they are bad things?? Isaiah 5:20 talks about that point of view.


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