Milwaukee Cathedral "Crucifix"

The seat of the Wisconsin Metropolitan Archbishop.
Fiberglass crucifix designed by Italian sculptors Arnaldo Pomodoro and Giuseppe Maraniell. The piece is topped with a crown of thorns, fourteen feet in diameter, which hovers over the figure of Christ.


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Nasty.

How it got butchered.
Update: This link is not an endorsement to the "Rad-Trad" Tradition in Action site, but they do have some good articles.  Any viewers of the site should proceed with caution beyond the article I linked.

6 comments:

  1. Thanks for the link-this is very interesting. I will never forget seeing protesters outside the Cathedral and so many stories in the newspaper. Yes, the crucifix does not look like it belongs, and I hate the chairs behind the altar, and the fact that the tabernacle has been moved to the side in a separate chapel, but the remainder of the church is still gorgeous.

    After looking at the other links with the story, I am very grateful that the Milwaukee Cathedral doesn't look like the tasteless and style-less one in Los Angeles! I've been to the Cathedral in Chicago,too and it left me cold. So, looking for a bright side-it could be worse.

    Now if you are ever in Milwaukee and want to visit a gorgeous church, you've got to stop at the Basilica of St. Josephat-your Bishop Callahan did a tremendous job in that renovation-it is fabulous! Also, the Basilica of St. Mary Help of Christians at Holy Hill is another feast for the eyes and the soul!

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  2. Also, I have to ask, what is a Sconnie?

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  3. I agree Anne, it sure could be worse. But its always a shame when the churches our fathers and grandfathers built are treated with such little little respect to say the least.

    I DO want to see St Josephat. Last time I was in town I wanted to get over to see it but I ran out of time. If I still get to a Brewer game this year I will (and bring my camera for the blog!). Also I want to get to Holy Hill but its a bit of a drive. Maybe my next trip to Milwaukee should be just for church viewing....

    I will answer your last question with a blog post.

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  4. Badger, I have a 'black and white' picture of what the inside of St John's Cathedral looked like before the "Supreme" Wreckovation was completed.

    Definition of Supreme: High Altar removed, communion rails removed, BALDACHIN removed.

    I would love to visit St Josephat's basilica myself. There is Old St Mary's church within a few blocks of the Cathedral that is also very delightful to the eye.

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  5. This is nasty...Jesus, forgive me...but that whole "mess" should be placed upon the certain Archbishop's head who did this monstrosity...there, I said it.
    I visited St. John's Cathedral just before the "reckovation"...
    just absolutely criminal...

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  6. AMEN Nazareth Priest! I wish I could have visited St John's Cathedral before the trashing, but in 2000 I was just learning what Cathedrals and Bishops were. At least I got to see St Rapheal's Cathedral just before it was burned down.

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