Sebastian Errazuriz has used art to take on an array of issues: New York's death rate, the Occupy movement, military suicide, children with disabilities, the brutal reign of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. Now, the Brooklyn-based artist is taking aim at what he sees as religious extremism.
At a party this weekend celebrating New York Design Week, which begins today, the Chilean-born artist plans to hand out 100 "Christian Popsicles" made of "frozen holy wine transformed into the blood of Christ" and featuring a crucifix instead the tongue depressor that typically hosts the frozen treats, he said.
An image of Jesus Christ positioned traditionally on the cross is visible once the ice pop is consumed. As for the frozen wine, Errazuriz said, he concealed it in a cooler and took it into a church, where it was "inadvertently blessed by the priest while turning wine into the blood of Christ during the Eucharist."
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If he had targeted Muslims or Jews, the response would be so differente and sooo heated.
As several people have said here, the priest has to INTEND to perform the consecration of a given vessel of wine. For example, the wine cruet sitting on the credence table is NOT consecrated.
If this man really wants to mock religion, let him show his courage. He should shit on the Coran in public and be willing to take the consequence.
The artist obviously knows little about Catholicism if he thinks that a priest can "accidentally" transform hidden wine in a cooler into Christ's Blood. There are five-year-old Catholics that would know better than this. Embarrassing.
You don't find it a little amusing that people actually believe that wine can be turned into Christs' blood with a few magic words? I've got this really cool bridge to sell you! Part of it is in Manhattan, part is in Brooklyn, and the rest is eternally held in the air by an invisible man who makes sure that athletes always do the best they can, sometimes. lol
Why do you fear that which you don't understand?
Really, why are those who scream the loudest for "tolerance" usually the last to actually practice it?
Typical of the far left party of hate.
The priest has to know he is blessing that wine. God will only transubstantiate that which the priest has knowledge it's being blessed. Sorry, but this artist needs to try harder if he wants cheap publicity.
this problem was addressed centuries ago. congregants would bring bread and wine to church thinking that they could then "take the sacrament home". Cannon law states that only the elements on the altar, and in particular on the small cloth (sorry, don't know the name) that is placed on the altar during the Preparation. Any other wine or bread "in the area" is not part of the consecration. This guy is just a fraudster.
Sorry to disappoint this bozo, but there is no such thing as accidental consecration - only the wine that the priest intends to consecrate as the Blood of Christ is actually transformed as such. All this idiot is peddling is frozen wine.
Strangely, there's actually no such thing as purposeful consecration, either...
This is very disrespectful and I don't think he should be allowed to do that!
Freedom of expression no worse than people burning the US flag as protests. Courts ruled that it was ok.
I don't even have words for how wrong Errazuriz's actions were. To millions of Catholics what he did was steal the blood of the Christ since Errazuriz "hid" the blood where it would be blessed by the priest. He did it because unlike the Muslims Catholics don't try to kill those who disagree with them (the inquisition was centuries ago).
Hate to tell you but the Catholic church is imploding all around you. The very religious will look toward other religions- I would say the Muslim religion and even the Mormon religion will attract those and others who were pew sitters only or on the fences believers will joinn the atheist ranks. Those who remain are will either be closet Epsicopalians or those comfortable with the idea of being Catholic but will seek to change it. Unfortunately, the true Catholic bearers of the cross will be pushed to the side as haters. And, oddly enough, at the end of the process the world will not really be any different.
You seem pretty sure of yourself. The Church may shrink in some places, even disappear in some locations, but is growing in others. The Church almost disappeared in Northern Africa at one point, but at the same time Europe was being converted. Now in the West the Church may be shrinking, but it's growing by leaps and bounds in Asia, Africa... But in any case, it's not all about numbers. It's about loving and following the Savior. Never forget that a very small number of Christians in the Roman Empire, who were heavily persecuted–marginalized, killed–whom no one would have thought had any future, ended up converting an empire and changing the world. It's dangerous to make predictions...
Don't fret to much. While what he did was disrespectful, Errazuriz doesn't understand Eucharistic theology. It takes more than having wine in the building during mass for it to be blessed. All he just has frozen wine.
Idiots like this love to mock Christianity, esp. Catholicism. Because they know Catholics won't come after them with a Fatwa. Idiots like Errazuriz are too cowardly to mock Islam.
Ahem... a creative approach to religion....
Maybe this could help Mexico out also ;-)
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