Vatican thinks priests should learn about art and beauty

An article has emerged in the internet with the idea that Catholic priests should learn about art and beauty of the Church. This is what Vatican thinks now  that  Church as building, faith and liturgy are inter connected  as our soul body and mind are interconnected. Ugly churches with bad acoustics don’t do justice to the richness and beauty of the liturgy – and it’s this connection between art and faith that’s vital for priests to understand today, a Vatican official insists.

 A project to study the training of priests and other cultural workers in the Church in the aesthetics and history of art, especially as it contributes in the creation of religious art fitting for sacred spaces, has been launched by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture.

A project is designed to study Along with the Italian bishops’ conference and with support from the Foundation for Arts and Artistic Culture, the project will examine the training leaders of a diocese, such as clergy, religion teachers, catechists and more, receive on the relationship between faith and art. From ancient time faith, religion and art are connected as one to experience God’s divine presence.

Not only the Church but as human being we all realise and experience the need for art in liturgy and churches as buildings. The Church has long held a belief in the important connection between art and faith, which Cardinal Rivasi said are “like sisters, because they both have as their main task to try not only to represent what can be seen, or the surface of things, but also to find the more profound sense.”

“One of the great artists of the last century, Paul Klee, said that art doesn’t represent the visible, but the invisible in what is visible. So the invisible, faith, represents then something of paramount importance because it speaks of God, but both have this task of trying to look for what’s beyond the surface of things,” he said.

“That’s why art and faith must be sisters, even though in this past century they have parted ways and followed different paths.”

Source: Catholicnewsagency

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