A new 10-foot high crucifix featuring a well-endowed Jesus on the Cross in the indulgent Italian Baroque style has stirred an incredible uproar in the small Oklahoma town of Warr Acres. The flashy gold depiction of our Savoir was installed at the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church on February 21st and while Catholicism has been known for its embellished forms of worship, many think this is going too far. The work of art may be flattering to a select few, but the majority believes that it causes a unwanted distraction during service, most notably for the church’s pastor, Father Phillip Seeton. Others question the timing of displaying an exuberantly crafted Jesus when the church is suffering from numerous public sex abuse scandals involving members of the clergy.
The cross was created by artist Janet Jaime and was meant to be an homage to a similar work in Assisi, Italy created at the height of the Catholic Church’s most flamboyant era, a time when that institution employed the likes of Michelangelo and Leonardo DaVinci, who were later discovered to be notorious homosexuals (which explains the excessive amount of male nudity in their work). Warr Acres, with a population just shy of 10,000, is on the outskirts of Oklahoma City and is home to a branch of the famous Charleston’s Restaurant, which serves a delicious chicken fried steak.