NEW YORK (ChurchMilitant.com) - A Staten Island priest is slamming the archdiocese of New York for embracing a scandalous exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
"Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" purports to show "fashion's ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism" by blending Catholic images and sexuality.
In a letter to the New York Post last week, Fr. Robert Repenning blasted the New York archdiocese's accommodation of the sacrilege, warning it signals a collapse of moral authority.
Echoing the frustration of faithful Catholics across the country, Fr. Repenning wrote:
What has become of the Catholic Church when it officially endorses self-hatred?
The Archdiocese of New York was once the moral voice of Catholic America. Now it's virtually silent about morality and has opened wide the doors to secularism and embraced the world of high finance.
It is a scandal that any cleric would attend a $30,000-per-ticket event.
It's even more scandalous to have our sacred vestments, art and figures mocked by the Hollywood elite.
The good people of New York who can't afford $30,000 dinners deserve an explanation why the hierarchy in the United States and abroad would embrace the worldliness of a Roman emperor instead of the poverty that Pope Francis proclaimed the Catholic Church must embrace.
Curated by open homosexual Andrew Bolton, "Heavenly Bodies" includes:
Looking past the exhibition's displays of sexuality, Cdl. Timothy Dolan helped open "Heavenly Bodies" on May 10.
In comments posted to his blog afterward, Dolan said he "was honored" to attend, explaining his presence reaffirmed "the Church and 'the Catholic Imagination' are all about truth, goodness and beauty."
In delivering his remarks, Dolan singled out for praise billionaire donors Steven and Christine Schwarzman who, in addition to sponsoring the Met Gala, have lavished tens of millions on Catholic Charities and New York archdiocesan schools.
Father Repenning isn't alone in voicing outrage over the exhibition and its star-studded opener, the Met Gala. Faithful New York Catholics are planning to mark the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary with prayers of reparation for the sacrileges.
At noon on Saturday, June 9, Catholics will gather in front of the Met for an afternoon of "peaceful prayer, song and reparation before God and the whole world," testifying to their "complete rejection" of the exhibition's mockery of the Virgin Mary and the Catholic Church.
"This exhibit is a mockery and destroys the very notion of sin and sanctity, purity and impurity, good and evil," organizers say. "We cannot simply cross our arms in the face of this scandal. We must make reparation for this impure mockery and sacrilege since it offends God and calls down His just wrath."