angels Topics

Art & Architecture
Articles
Documents
Promulgation
Furnishings
Principles
Sacred Music
Lit. Year
Eucharist
Lit. of Hours
Oth. Sacraments
Theology
Liturgical Texts
Participation
Rubrics & Law

cross

The Catholic Liturgical Library
HomeNewFAQSearchForumLinksMailCatholic Store
You are here: Documents > Art and Furnishings > Letter to Artists  Back one page.

Table of Contents
Table of ContentsPart IX: Humanism and the RenaissancePart XI: In the Spirit of the Second Vatican CouncilEndnotes

Part X: Towards a Renewed Dialogue

10. It is true nevertheless that, in the modern era, alongside this Christian humanism which has continued to produce important works of culture and art, another kind of humanism, marked by the absence of God and often by opposition to God, has gradually asserted itself. Such an atmosphere has sometimes led to a separation of the world of art and the world of faith, at least in the sense that many artists have a diminished interest in religious themes.

You know, however, that the Church has not ceased to nurture great appreciation for the value of art as such. Even beyond its typically religious expressions, true art has a close affinity with the world of faith, so that, even in situations where culture and the Church are far apart, art remains a kind of bridge to religious experience. In so far as it seeks the beautiful, fruit of an imagination which rises above the everyday, art is by its nature a kind of appeal to the mystery. Even when they explore the darkest depths of the soul or the most unsettling aspects of evil, artists give voice in a way to the universal desire for redemption.

It is clear, therefore, why the Church is especially concerned for the dialogue with art and is keen that in our own time there be a new alliance with artists, as called for by my revered predecessor Paul VI in his vibrant speech to artists during a special meeting he had with them in the Sistine Chapel on 7 May 1964.[17] From such cooperation the Church hopes for a renewed "epiphany" of beauty in our time and apt responses to the particular needs of the Christian community.

Table of ContentsPart IX: Humanism and the RenaissancePart XI: In the Spirit of the Second Vatican CouncilEndnotes

You are here: Documents > Art and Furnishings > Letter to Artists  Back one page.

Home | New | FAQ | Search | Forum | Links


All contents © copyright, 1998-2014
The Catholic Liturgical Library
http://www.catholicliturgy.com

You are here: Documents > Art and Furnishings > Letter to Artists  Back one page.

Home | New | FAQ | Search | Forum | Links


All contents © copyright, 1998-2014
The Catholic Liturgical Library
http://www.catholicliturgy.com