“Lenten shroud” hung above high altar…

Despicable “Art” Installation at Austrian Church for Lent

“…see what things the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary” (Ps 73:3)

The beautiful 18th-century Church of St. John Nepomucene (Johanneskirche) in Innsbruck, Austria, is currently being defiled with a most despicable piece of “art” that is obviously meant to profane the sacred, provoke the imagination and the emotions, and make a mockery of Roman Catholicism yet again.

The project comes with the official approval of the notorious “Bishop” Hermann Glettler, the ordinary of Innsbruck, who delights in all kinds of works that allow him to express his contempt for the sacred under the cover of promoting “art”.

Installed as a “temporary altarpiece” in St. Johns’ Church, the “art” in question is a gigantic cloth on which is printed the photo of a partially-visible naked man lying on a mattress, as shown above. Entitled “Tired?”, this supposed “Lenten shroud” hangs prominently right above the high altar, which means that everyone’s eyes are immediately directed to it upon entering the church. Clearly, a perfectly edifying artwork for Lent to raise one’s mind to the Passion of Christ and to things eternal, no?

The “artist” who created this abomination is one Carmen Brucic (b. 1972 in Austria), who has produced many other works that are blasphemous, obscene, grotesque, or otherwise degenerate. We will refrain from putting links to this woman’s web site or Facebook page; anyone who “must” know more about her can easily find out for himself, though we don’t recommend it. The man depicted in the picture, by the way, is one David Apakidze, a 23-year-old artist, curator, and activist from the nation of Georgia.

According to a report by a regional Austrian news site, “Bp.” Glettler made the following comments about the perverted installation: “The photo of the young man in the picture is characterized by suffering and aggression against himself. That is an ambivalence that was of interest to us. In a sense the arm forms the letter ‘V’ for ‘victory’. To that extent this is a very strong Lenten and Easter symbol!”

It is hard to satirize a comment like that. It’s obvious Mr. Glettler doesn’t think much of the intelligence of those who listen to him, but then, no one of intelligence would listen to him, so maybe he’s got a point. A picture of him together with Brucic, showing the “artwork” in the background, can be viewed at this link.

Naturally, the abominable spectacle is advertised on the official diocesan web site, where a report claims that with this “temporary altarpiece”, Brucic “asks questions about our society’s state of exhaustion, about forms of resistance for the regaining of human freedom and self-efficacy. She also inquires about the spiritual energy [needed] for processes of social and political change” (our translation). Apparently this is what Lent is all about in the Vatican II Church.

“Bishop” Glettler has also given a video interview, uploaded by the diocese, in which he comments on and “explains” the installation (in German):

Glettler is no stranger to blasphemous garbage.

In the summer of 2018, he made the news for putting a banner on the facade of the diocesan cathedral that read: “As long as God has a Beard, I am a Feminist.” You can’t make this stuff up!

But that was nothing compared to the most frightful blasphemy he perpetrated the following year, during Lent, when he had a “Jesus Clock” installed in one of the Innsbruck churches. This infuriating abomination consisted of the Sacred Body of Our Blessed Lord (the Corpus from a Crucifix) being used for indicating time by separating the two Arms from the rest of His Sacred Body and using them like hands on a clock. The constant visible movement showed a continually distorted and grotesque Christ — truly a heartbreaking sight for anyone who loves the Son of God:

Yes, that was done with the full approval of “Bishop” Glettler, a man chosen and appointed by “Pope” Francis. Some people seem to be vying for the hottest place in hell.

By the way: The “Tired?” photo installation in St. John Nepomucene’s Church in Innsbruck is only one of three works of “art” currently being exhibited in the city’s churches. They were all officially introduced during the respective Ash Wednesday liturgies for the beginning of Lent. Would it surprise anyone to find out the Novus Ordo cleric presiding over the installation at St. John’s was the “bishop” of Innsbruck himself?

In his homily for the occasion — yes, he actually preached on this — Glettler asserted that the “temporary altarpiece of Carmen Brucic is a Passion picture of our time”, adding that it “stimulates our empathy, but also all the strength we need to rise up” (our translation; transcript can be downloaded here).

Yes, this man definitely has a few screws loose; that much is obvious. But let’s make no mistake about him:

“Bishop” Glettler does all this because he can.

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