Monday, May 19, 2008
CHAPEL OF THE NUN AND THE IMAM
This story is so bizarre that I have a hard time trying to classify it. Syncretism? Sure. But it seems to me that it even goes beyond syncretism. Is there a word representing the nth degree of syncretism? Heresy, maybe? Nun with incense--Robert Lentz icon--tossed together with an Imam in the Sisters of St. Francis chapel. I think the last sentence in the story sums it up:
"Along with the great symbolism in the icon, isn't it ironic that 800 years later, east and west are still fighting and humankind is still trying to make sense of this and pray for peace?," Sister Karen asked.
If it hasn't worked for 800 years, why on earth do these people think it will work now?