THE SERVANT GENERAL
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BLASPHEMOUS FASHION EXHIBIT
May 9, 2018
This is an outrage. It is blasphemous. But it is to be expected,
as liberals hate the Catholic Church and will do anything
to denigrate her, including making fun of her, often in bad
But the Vatican was involved, in effect endorsing it by including
some 40 liturgical vestments from the Sistine Chapel. Please,
let us not throw what is holy to dogs nor our pearls to swine
Cardinal Dolan of New York effectively endorsed it, claiming
that truth, goodness and beauty of God are reflected in the
fashion exhibit. No, Your Eminence, there is nothing true,
good and beautiful about pornographic and blasphemous images
that in effect make fun of our Catholic faith.
Homosexualist Fr James Martin was involved with pre-exhibit
consultations. Ah, that is why. He is a liberal pro-gay apologist
and wants to change Church teaching on homosexuality.
The USCCB (US bishops) weighed in as well, referencing holiness
(from the recent exhortation of Pope Francis). Yeah, right.
There is nothing holy about such a sacrilegious exhibit.
The Met’s curator said it is about building a bridge
between culture and faith. Well, faith is supposed to influence
culture for the better, not the other way around. The problem
has indeed been that there is more and more embrace of the
zeitgeist among Catholics. Today’s culture is changing
Catholics not for the better.
The all-out assault on our faith continues. But what is really
unfortunate is that the enemy is also within.
Catholics outraged over New York fashion show
blaspheming Blessed Mother, pope, priests
YORK, May 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A
New York gallery displayed sacrilegious renditions of the
Blessed Mother, the Vicar of Christ and included other assorted
blasphemous images in a so-called Catholic-themed fashion
exhibit that included some 40 liturgical vestments from the
Sistine Chapel sacristy on loan from the Vatican.
'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,' was
the theme of this year’s annual fundraising gala for
New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and also the
theme for the Met’s largest exhibition to date.
Many Catholics, however, saw
the Met Gala event as “blasphemy.”
“A leather bondage mask draped in rosary beads, a jeweled
bustier with its gems strategically placed and a fuchsia gown
inspired by cardinals’ robes with a neckline that
left its mannequin’s breasts mostly exposed were
all part of the Catholic-themed fashion exhibit at the Met
Gala,” PageSix.com reports.
Innumerable photos chronicling scandalously dressed celebrities
at the gala have saturated social and other media since the
gala, followed by endless commentary from all quarters and
some pushback from offended Catholics and others.
“My religion is NOT your damn #MetGala outfit! #blasphemy,”
one tweet captured in a Yahoo News report said.
The report detailed some of the various get-ups at the event,
including pop music performer Rihanna in a pope-themed outfit
that included a strapless, groin-high jeweled dress, oversized
cape and matching miter.
Father Richard Heilman, priest for the Madison, WI, diocese
and author of RomanCatholicMan.com, shared a photo of the
vocalist in a Facebook post.
He noted with a tinge of humor the irony of celebrities and
the fashion world commandeering the Catholic Church in such
a manner on the heels of a high school student recently being
excoriated on social media for her choice of a traditional
Chinese dress for prom.
“PONTIFICAL APPROPRIATION,” Father Heilman’s
post stated. “My ... how
they hate Catholics ... ahem ... I meant, "Strong Catholics."
Good thing it wasn't a dress from China, because .....”
“It’s a shame that the Metropolitan Museum had
to stoop so low just to raise funds for its Museum of Arts
Costume Institute,” Susan Brinkmannwrote for Women of
Grace. “With tickets running in the $30,000 a piece
range, surely they can come up with enough money to fund their
annual needs without disparaging the world’s largest
religion with this crass display.”
Brinkmann pointed it was both the contents of the collection
and the celebrities’ outfits that were offensive.
“Let’s get real,” Brinkmann said.
“This show wasn’t about fashion – it was
about a bunch of elites with very bad taste.”
The Catholic author also included reaction from Catholics
and others on Twitter in her post.
“finding the met gala to be highly
offensive heresy,” one tweet said, “wby
… the bourgeoisie appropriating religious iconography
is not acceptable and you wouldn't think it was if it were
any religion bar Christianity…”
“The met gala theme is lowkey disrespectful to the catholic
religion let’s be real,” another said, and a third
stated, “Imagine using my religion to do your fashion
show … disgusting!”
“I'm not even Catholic and find it offensive,”
offered another. “It is
a demonstration against Christians as a whole.”
The controversy has also garnered coverage from Fox News,
its report saying the theme was meant to be controversial,
“However, some stars may have taken the theme a bit
too far into the land of bad taste. ”
The cardinal was there
New York’s Cardinal Archbishop Timothy Dolan attended
the event and a preview press conference earlier in the day.
While Dolan chose not to walk the red carpet into the Gala,
instead going in the side door, he still made headlines with
his presence there.
Dolan said in his remarks at the press preview he had reservations
about attending the gala, Crux reports, continuing with an
“In the Catholic imagination, the truth, goodness, and
beauty of God is reflected all over the place, even in fashion,”
he said. “The world is shot through with his glory and
his presence. That’s why I’m here. That’s
why the Church is here.”
Dolan has defended his involvement
with events and public figures associated with opposition
to Church teaching in the past – such as acting as Grand
Marshall of the New York Saint Patrick Day Parade the year
after it changed its policy to admit expressly gay groups
march. He also invited Barack Obama to the New York Catholic
Charities Al Smith fundraising dinner despite Obama’s
vociferous support for abortion and homosexuality –
with the explanation that his participation was a form of
engaging those opposed to the Church’s teaching and
his doing so did not compromise Church principles.
Seeming to continue in this vein, he told Met gala press preview
attendees the exhibition was “radiant,” and spoke
of the pursuit of the true, the good and the beautiful as
motivation for Catholic life.
“That’s why we have great schools and universities
that teach the truth,” Dolan said. “That’s
why we love and serve the poor to do good, and that’s
why we’re into things such as art, poetry, and music,
literature, and yes, even fashion, to thank God for the gift
The show includes an exhibition of women's dresses modeled
after clerical clothing worn by priests and bishops. It also
includes a dress showcasing a naked Adam and Eve that has
a revealing transparent top.
It also includes a woman's dress modeled after a nun's religious
habit, with a mock rosary as part of the design.
Andrew Bolton, the Museums' Head Curator, explained in a promotional
video that “the design certainly gravitates toward religious
imagery for provocation.”
The exhibition aims to "examine fashion's ongoing engagement
with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism,"
states an overview of the exhibition on the museum's website.
Also included is a woman's outfit featuring a short black
skirt with a brazen sleeveless-and-shoulderless top that features
an icon of Our Lady with the Christ Child.
‘I love that you got dressed up as a sexy priest.’
Dolan chatted with Jesuit Father James Martin, Donatella Versace,
an event sponsor, and others at the preview gathering.
Martin was involved in the Met’s
pre-exhibit consultations, according to the New York Times.
He called the exhibit “ stunning,”
and tweeted regarding flip comments he received at the gala,
including, "I love your costume," and "I love
that you got dressed up as a sexy priest."
The USCCB tweeted about the gala with two quotes from Pope
Francis’ recent exhortation On the Call to Holiness
in Today’s World, one referencing holiness, the
other including mention of God making His final work of art
“with the scraps of human frailty.”
Crux’s coverage of the gala and exhibition has been
“Perhaps the last thing the fashion reporters and enthusiasts
expected at the Met’s landmark exhibit on faith and
fashion was an introduction to Jesus Christ,” one report
said, “but that’s what they got.”
Another said that for “some star-studded attendees”
who were raised Catholic, “the event was more of a homecoming.”
Both comedian Jimmy Fallon and actor George Clooney invoked
their pasts as an altar boy for that report, Fallon saying
it helped him catch the acting bug.
“You’re kind of on stage a little bit when you’re
performing as an altar boy, ringing the bells, and my parents
would come see me,” Fallon said. “I’m there
doing 6:30 am Mass. It’s almost like a show, it’s
“You know I was an altar boy,” George Clooney
told Crux. “I was a good Catholic boy, and I know about
the Catholic Church."
“Not everyone got it,” another Crux article
said, referencing the curator’s
claim the exhibit was about building a bridge between culture
and faith. “But many, gasping in awe
before the creative power of the Catholic narrative, did.”
The Met gala is the fashion world’s equivalent of the
Oscars or Super Bowl, according to Vogue, an evening when
designers, models, and Hollywood stars assemble in “the
year’s most over-the-top looks.”
The exhibit’s curator, Andrew Bolton, said guests were
asked to wear their “Sunday best,’’ the
Page Six report said, Bolton joking to the Associated Press,
“It’s an implicit plea to dress somewhat more
The Met explained its rationale for the exhibit on its website:
The thematic exhibition features a dialogue between fashion
and masterworks of medieval art in The Met collection to examine
fashion’s ongoing engagement with the devotional practices
and traditions of Catholicism. A group of papal robes and
accessories from the Vatican serves as the cornerstone of
the exhibition, highlighting the enduring influence of liturgical
vestments on designers.
The exhibition was made possible by Christine and Stephen
A. Schwarzman, and Versace, the website information said.
Blackstone Group CEO and billionaire Schwarzman gave a $5
million donation for the event, Page Six reports, saying as
well that he’s also one of the New York archdiocese’s
biggest financial supporters.
“40 ecclesiastical masterworks from the Sistine Chapel
sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside the Vatican,”
according to the Met, “Encompassing more than 15 papacies
from the 18th to the early 21st century …”
The loan of the Sistine Chapel
vestments came with authorization from senior Vatican officials.
The 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination'
exhibition opens to the public Thursday and is slated to run