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Thank you for taking the time to take this month's poll.

In this month's Sounding Board, Jerry Bleem, O.F.M. argues that the Catholic Church should encourage good, provocative, modern art. Tell us what type of art is most inspiring to you.

Please take our entire survey on religious art.

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

religous art should be colorfull not provacative to catch people's eyes, the reason i like to look at religous art is because it depicts a story

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

I believe that religious art should be inspirational and instructive. Icons are regarded as "windows of heaven", and religious art has been used for thousands of years to instruct the faithful.

Submitted by Becue (not verified) on

One could say that the Crucifix in a glass of urine was Catholic and provocative. How about that picture of Our Blessed Mother that had ox dung on it? Plays that depict Jesus as a homosexual? This posture is ridiculous! Would Jesus condone such blasphemy? Art it intended to uplift and possibly to help with meditation, etc.; but not at the expense of decency and provocativeness for the artist's self-expression.

Submitted by Jason Mince (not verified) on

I think we need to take a look at our entire civilization and where its going. Some things should still be held sacred so that we don't end up as a bunch of heathens. We're well on our way as it stands. -Jason

Do we have to be provoked in order to appreciate beauty, or moral duty, or political necessity? I'm a bit tired of those who are always trying to provoke me. Just give me something honest to think about and let my reflective abilities take over. You don't have to provoke me! If I were always provoking my students, wouldn't that qualify as manipulation?