December 5, 1987 |
Pericle Fazzini, the sculptor whose monumental statue "The Resurrection" is the backdrop for Pope John Paul II's weekly general audiences, died Friday at the age of 74. The sculptor, a native of Grottammare on the eastern Italian coast, began his career as an exponent of the Roman school of the 1930s. His early wooden pieces, characterized by their simple style, led to the stark later figures, which he fashioned almost exclusively in metal, particularly bronze.
October 15, 1994
Dave McKibben's article (Oct. 8) about Leon Vickers leaving Stanford and a possible pro football career to pursue his "faith" was interesting but left a wrong impression. For nearly 20 years, I have been an ordained "mainstream" Church of Christ minister. The article correctly stated that the Garden Grove group Vickers attends is "not connected to the more mainstream Churches of Christ." Despite this, the cult expert in the article called the Church of Christ "not a safe group."
June 24, 1989
Serrano's position about his controversial Christ image is reported as being a protest against exploitation of religious values. The picture in question is, to me, very moving and effective. But, to give it the obnoxious title the artist has chosen, "Piss Christ," smacks of blatant exploitation. With a title like that, what sort of reaction did he expect? JOHN DEGATINA Studio City
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1992
If Christ appeared on our 1992 streets, his followers would include our homeless, the drug addicted, the HIV infected, prostitutes, as well as any other man or woman believing in the rights and equality of all living things under God, assuming they accepted Christ as their messenger. Mr. and Mrs. Howard Ahmanson and their fellow contributors to the religious right candidates, sadly and ironically, would not be among the followers of the Christ they so strongly profess to believe in. At the very least, they have accepted the messenger and missed the message.
February 11, 2003
Re "Omens, Wars and a Streak in the Texas Sky," Commentary, Feb. 7: The omen that appeared to Constantine specified that his military success (vinces -- "you will conquer") was based on a certain religious connection (In hoc signo -- "in this sign," the sign of Christ's cross). But after achieving his victory, he went on to issue some Roman coins symbolizing his recognition of Christ with the chi-rho sign [an abbreviation of the Greek symbol for Christ] -- and others portraying him in dual profile with Sol, the pagan sun god. As is generally the case with omens, pure visions in the sky are one thing and the muddled reality of human affairs on Earth are another.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1991
I agree with the essence of Thomas' commentary. The Christian church should not conform to the world's standards. Christ calls his church "the salt of the Earth." Yet Thomas uses three examples to "demonstrate the growing irrelevance of some modern Christian churches . . . " each one citing the acceptance of homosexuality. There are many ways the church is falling short, but to cite only incidents dealing with homosexuality gives the impression that Christ rejects the homosexual.