Well, not all crucifixes have to be graphic. But if the very thought of seeing Christ crucified offends a person… well… maybe that’s not bad. We need to understand, appreciate, acknowledge, and face up to the crucifixion:
We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the sinful body might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. (Rom 6:6)
For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. (1 Cor 1:22-24)
For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. (1 Cor 2:2)
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Gal 2:20)
O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? (Gal 3:1)
And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Gal 5:24)
Eh, not all. Some Catholic parishes avoid crucifixes like the plague. They either have bare crosses or “resurrectifixes”. Some (though few) have a Christus Rex (Christ as king reigning from the cross).