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Caribbean priest explains why art sometimes depicts the devil as black

Discussion in 'One Bread, One Body - Catholic' started by Michie, Jul 8, 2020.

  1. Michie

    Michie Human rights begin in the womb. Supporter

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    “Black is a 'colour' that absorbs light and reflects nothing, that is, it takes everything and gives nothing in return."

    July 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The current controversy regarding the imaging of black people is as broad and as complex as any issue involving strong views, intense emotions or passionate ideological positions. I wish specifically to address the views which evoke controversy on art depicting the devil as black.

    Fr Linus F Clovis

    It is important to understand that although the Church is flexible and accommodating in the manner in which she preaches the Gospel to the world, her faith and doctrine is always presented in precise theological language. Based on each one’s individual ability (Mt.25:15), the faithful, however, will grasp and articulate that faith in various concrete ways. The faithful include artists, such as painters, sculptors, iconographers, musicians, all using their particular genius, talents and skills to exteriorise Christian ideas, their understanding of the faith or, the insights they possess. Correspondingly, throughout the centuries, Churchmen have employed, sanctioned and supported various artists and craftsmen whose masterpieces grace the walls, windows and ceilings of our places of worship.

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