• Mark Allman

    Here’s a link to the artist’s page
    http://www.joannevonzwehl.com/america.html

    this is not her most offensive work!
    My theology professor friends have had quite the facebook conversation about this.
    Mark

  • How very un-catholic.

    I can see the importance of having images of Mary related to the culture. There are some beautiful mosaics at the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth. One of my favorites is the Thai virgin who looks like a bodhisatva.

    But in this image Mary looks more like a movie star than a Jewish young woman who stood at the foot of the cross.

  • Ugh. This is what happens when your ideology becomes an idol. The whole introduction to my book addresses this! Ugh! http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1594713421/ref=redir_mdp_mobile?tag=theanchoress-20

  • MarilynH

    When I received this month’s Tablet I was a little surprised as well. Just seemed like bad taste to me

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  • Oh my…

  • I agree John. This makes the focus of the image the flag, not Mary, not God. At least as I see it.

  • This is too disturbing for words. Isn’t there a saying about facism coming with the symbol of a.cross wrapped in a flag? This comes too close for comfort.

  • Very disturbing.

  • Rev N J W

    Glad to hear all the negative comments. The religious sense of God’s people is alive and well. I would LOVE to know how our Blessed Mother herself feels about this image. Don’t think she is one bit amused at being used that way.

  • kurt

    Increasinly the fortnight effort has all the signs of a campaign developed by a bad advertizing agency rather than any principled reflection.

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  • Ugh…There are many things I love and keep separate. II love my wife, and I love spaghetti. I wouldn’t want to see my wife covered with it.

    “Viva Cristo Rey”
    DHS

  • JMD

    Oddly fundamentalist non- denom Christian except for the fact it’s the Virgin Mary and not Christ. But that sensibility has been creeping into Catholicism for a while now so its not that surprising to me. Not surprising but so wrong…

  • Allan

    What I find disturbing is the BVM being portrayed wearing lipstick.

  • gzt

    This is also an abuse of the flag: you’re not supposed to wear it as clothing. See: http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/RL30243.pdf

  • Harry Seldon

    From the artist’s website (and too perfect):

    “Creative, funny and intriguing best describe this unique and talented individual who graciously shares her special creations with us. As a native New Yorker and successful business woman, JoAnne decided to fulfill her passion as an artist after achieving many of her long term career goals. Featured in Who’s Who of American Women, Long Island Business News, Top Female Entrepreneurs and Singular Sensations; she has been profiled in The New York Times, The Daily News, Newsday, Economic Times, Suffolk News, Channel 12, Focus TV and Telecare. As a former downhill skier, power-boat navigator, rock climber and now artist and mother of three her enthusiasm and zest for life shows in all aspects of her work. Revel and enjoy her wonderful contributions of art. ”

    Revel and Enjoy.

  • Deacon James Stagg

    Atrocious!

  • M. Murray

    This symbolizes what I’ve always thought of American Christianity, that it’s a mixture of religion and besotted patriotism. So the virgin of the blessed flag is a great symbol for u.s. Catholics.

  • che

    When I saw this picture, I didn’t see any of the things that other commenters have posted about. I see Mary, my mother looking up to heaven and interceding for me and my fellow Americans as symbolized by the flag. She looks sad to me. Perhaps she is asking Our Father, as He looks down at her to see Jesus on the cross symbolized by the crucifix in her hand and show mercy. Perhaps she is asking Him to see her, the most faithful of His children and through her hands to grant us, His broken, disobedient children the graces we need to once again turn back to Him.

  • EssEm

    I wonder how many of those with the vapors over this image cast a similarly critical eye on the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe. She is not wrapped in the flag, but she is utterly enmeshed with Mexican nationalism, inseparable from that fact in reality. It happens. Breathe.

  • Don Brophy

    I can hear her saying: “I want you to build a beautiful pentagon for me on this spot.”

  • Raymond Takashi Swenson

    That is the perfect caption.
    I have seen some illustrations that plunk Jesus into a pantheon of American Founding Fathers as demi-gods. It’s sort of like having Jesus dressed as the quarterback of your favorite college football team.
    I am not a Catholic, but I respect Mary as a remarkable person who was chosen by God for perhaps the second most important role in our salvation. I am a patriotic American, and a retired military officer, but I am bothered when a statement is made that coopts God and holy individuals into endorsing a statement that USA Americans are uniquely on God’s team.

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