Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sculpure Draws Catholic Complaints

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sculpure Draws Catholic Complaints

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The Associated Press

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- An Idaho art gallery has received flak from the Catholic community for a sculpture sitting in its storefront window.

The piece depicts Our Lady of Guadalupe as a veiled figure standing with hands clasped in prayer. One breast is exposed, and her face appears skeletal with lips sewn shut.

Bob Runkle, who attends St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Coeur d'Alene, said a network of parishioners from at least two Catholic parishes have appealed to Art Spirit Gallery to remove the sculpture, the Coeur d'Alene Press reported Thursday.

"They said it's free speech," Runkle said. "We totally support free speech and an artist's choice. But when it comes to offending people's religious beliefs, we should have a choice, too."

This is the sixth time the sculpture has been in the window, but the first time it has caused concern, store owner Blair Williams said. …

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