Friday, October 07, 2016

Crucifix showing a female Christ figure on display at Episcopal cathedral

A crucifix with a female figure of Christ has been installed at the Episcopal cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, more than 30 years after the same crucifix was originally displayed there.

The crucifix, entitled Christa and fashioned by artist Edwina Sandys, was denounced when it was first shown in 1984, as “theologically and historically indefensible” in portraying a female Christ.

Now New York’s Episcopal Bishpo Andrew Dietsche says that the faithful “may be ready to see Christa not only as a work of art but as an object of devotion.” 

The bishop remarked that this is possible in “an evolving, growing, learning church.”

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