Beauty (and sometimes other things) Is In The Eye Of The Beholder.
In Warr Acres, OK worshipers at St Charles Borromeo Catholic church have been upset by an icon of Jesus that seems to portray an oddly phallic looking set of abdominals.
Rev. Philip Seeton, the presiding pastor, asserts that the image is supposed to show distension of the stomach. The 10 foot tall piece was painted by a local artist, Janet Jaime, in the style of a classic religious icon known as a San Damiano Cross. This icon comes from 12th Century Italy.
Yet despite relaying no complaints to the Archdiocese, parishioners contacted local media (many anonymously) to complain about the work, which they saw as pornographic. Those who have gone on record, have expressed concerns about the cross' exposure to children and the stain of pedophilia on the church as a whole.
I wonder what Hermann Rorschach would have to say about it all...