So I recently had a post on what reasons a diocese might prohibit or discourage a parish from not having statues of saints more specifically Ss Mary and Joseph in the traditional positions on either side of the sanctuary. I received a reply from someone working for the diocese with involvement and authority. She did not say that there is any rule that mandates where the statues should be, but she said that it’d be better if they are not “front and center.” I don’t agree with her. This is her opinion.
I can understand why it might not be a good idea to have several statues of the same saints, but I don’t see how having a statue of the saints mentioned above in a traditional set up would cause a distraction in celebrating the Eucharist. I would like to know what your thoughts.
Do statues of Mary and Joseph distract you from the Mass if they were in sight?