OAN Geraldyn Berry
3:52 PM – Thursday, May 11, 2023
The Archdiocese of New York is reportedly looking into a Catholic parish in Manhattan that is sponsoring an art show called “God is Trans: A Queer Spiritual Journey.”
Parishioners at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in Manhattan were taken aback when the three paintings by artist Adah Unachukwu, which portray the spiritual journey of an LGBTQ+ person, were on exhibit.
The exhibit, titled “God Is Trans: A Queer Spiritual Journey,” had said that it “maps the queer spiritual journey” and claims that “there is no devil.” Parishioners have called the church “very liberal” and commented that “the church should not promote the topic.”
The ministry, run by the Paulist Fathers, runs a ministry called “Out at St. Paul,” which the parish’s website says is “our ministry and outreach to the Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Trans, and Queer community.”
The church reportedly even has a Facebook page and a website. The caption of one prominent image says, “The love of God affirms trans kids, protects trans kids, listens to trans kids, fights for trans kids, and delights in trans kids.”
“The painting Sacrifice and its complementarity act in the film speak to the need to shed an old life and personhood in order to be able to focus on your spiritual need. There is no devil; just past selves,” the description said.
Composing the entire piece, were three paintings with the titles “Sacrifice,” “Identity,” and “Communion.” The “Sacrifice” picture was about discarding an old existence to focus on one’s spiritual requirements. The purpose of “Identity” was to make the audience wonder things such as, “What does holiness look like?,” “What does your God look like?,” and “Can these two portrayals be combined?”
According to the description, “Communion” is concerned with “putting God and the mortal on the same plane to speak to one another.”
A representative for the Archdiocese of New York has told news outlets that it was unaware of the display until notified by the media.
“We had no knowledge of it beforehand,” the spokesperson said. “If media reports are accurate, then we would have concerns. We are investigating and looking to speak with the pastor of the parish to get more information.”
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