Believe it or not, this is the actual Crucifix that hangs above the main altar of Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in War Acres Oklahoma ...
Apparently, The Huge Boner Is in the Eyes of the Beholder!
"There are a couple people who have left the parish,” the Rev. Philip Seeton, the church’s pastor explained to USA Today "There are people in the parish who don’t like it and have stayed away.”
Critics of the crucifix take issue with what appears to be a large penis covering Jesus’ abdominal area. Seeton said the portion of the crucifix in question is meant to be Jesus’ abdomen "showing distension” - and definitely not a penis.
Seton also explained to the "Oklahoman" a local newspaper, "I’ve had people who have vocally said that that’s what they see there. I’ve had other people who have been just as vocal who said that’s not what they’re seeing there.”
Frustrated by all the publicity and controversy Father Seaton has now referred all questions to the Oklahoma City Archdiocese.
Monsignor Edward Weisenburger said he has no problems with the crucifix either and has referred specific questions back to Seeton.
Janet Jaime is the artist who designed the New 10 Foot Tall Crucifix and, according to the newspapers covering this story she was unavailable for comment, but her husband said critics are misinterpreting a common religious icon.
"This isn't just a subjective depiction. This is an historical religious icon of the church,” said Reggie Jaime, husband of Janet Jaime, an Oklahoma City Iconographer commissioned by the church to design the crucifix. “I can't help what you see in things, or she sees in things, or anyone.”
Now, the idea that this might be a religious icon is completely plausible to me. After all, many cultures and societies have long-established traditions of worshiping phallic symbols. But to suggest that this crucifix does not depict both Exaggerated and Engorged Genitalia is absolutely Ludicrous and Absurd to me.
Father Seaton's attempt to explain this as being nothing more than abdominal distention strikes me as being pretty lame. But then again, that's me. He's already got his parishioners believing in Heaven, Hell and the Virgin Birth. So Who Knows What Else They Might "Swallow"?!
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