THE VATICAN IS ENTERING THE VENICE BIENNALE.
For anyone who doesn’t know what the Venice Biennale is, it’s a huge art show, held every other year (hence “biennale”) in Venice (duh). It’s one of the trendsetters of the modern world, the pinnacle of “contemporaneity” in many artistic spheres. How do I know about it? Architects like to enter, so we’ve studied “so-and-so’s entry for the XXXX Venice Biennale” quite frequently.
If you didn’t actually read that article, please note that most of the art is contemporary, it’s not blatantly Catholic (actually many of the artists who submitted weren’t Catholic) AND it was all done under the instruction of Pope Benedict–the pope who everyone says was an old fogey stuck in the past. WHAT NOW.
Sadly I won’t ever have the money to turn on a dime and show up in Venice for the show (alas, the life of a student in a ‘dead end’ major). However maybe in a couple years they’ll enter again. I’d love to go. Or maybe to enter.
I know this is all over the internet, but I don’t care.
We have a Pope! Pope Francis (everyone is calling him Francis I but I heard that you don’t call him Francis I until there’s a Francis II). The first ever Jesuit–but possibly one of the only sane and solid Jesuits these days. I mean, just look at his credentials (which I found on Wikipedia, and I assume they haven’t really had much time to re-write his article from being Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio):
Member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
Member of the Congregation for the Clergy
Member of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life
Member of the Pontifical Council for the Family
Member of the Commission for Latin America
…not to mention that he ticked off the president of Argentina for opposing homosexual adoption, citing it as a form of child abuse. Wow. I think we’re in hands far more conservative than the term “Jesuit” could ever bring to mind.
I’m proud to have gone to a Jesuit school now!