The Chicago Tribune newspaper, Friday, Sept. 5 issue featured a human interest story in its Metro Section religion page about a nice lady who restores damaged statues for parish churches. It was interesting reading until I came across a few lines which made me cringe:
“After restoring a 5-foot Jesus for Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Salisbury, N.C., she had to return several times to refinish an outstretched hand…she realized that worshipers often rub the hand which wears it down.”
“Throughout every project [she]…prays. She said she petitions God to…bless the statues and the people who adore them.”
“Albrecht [the restorer] said she also converses with the Marys about the meaning of their lives and how they want to look. When she is finished, she said, she asks if they like the results, and she believes they do.”
Do you think I should write a letter to the editor explaining that Catholics really don’t worship statues? Would any of you care to write also?
Voice of the People
435 N. Michigan
Chicago, IL 60611
or e-mail: ctc-TribLetter@tribune.com
They want your name, address & phone number
on your correspondence.