An article in the Detroit Free Press about the JPII Cultural Center discusses the fact that the Archiocese of Detroit has loaned $40 million to the debt ridden center. Catholic World News with its as usual excellent commentary can be read here.
The first I had heard of the Center was that an exhibit of the Kennedy's and American Catholicism was being held. This was years ago. I guess I wrote it off when I heard that. It held such artifacts as Jacqueline Kennedy's wedding dress.
In going to the official website of the Cultural Center- several themes emerge. One being the importance of the Jewish influence on John Paul II. Rabbi Abie I. Ingber is one of the experts who gives interviews on the life of JPII. He is the director of the Hillel Jewish Center and instrumental in the exhibit "A Blessing to one another: Catholicism and Judaism". An upcoming lecture series will feature the controversial Cardinal Walter Kasper and Rabbi Eugene Borowsky discusing "God and Revelation: Theological Dimensions of Catholic and Jewish Dialogue".
Another former exhibit was titled: God's Women: Nuns in America. The description shows a picture of three dolls dressed as nuns and included in the collection will be over 50 dolls dressed in habits. Apparently it was difficult to find photographs of actual Catholic nuns in America wearing habits.
Then there was "Faith of Our Fathers and Mothers: The Role of Faith in the Greatest Generation". In spite of the awkward title and the politically correct inclusion of mothers this seems to have been a worthwhile exhibit. It focused on WWII artifacts and promises to include a discussion of Chaplains of all denominations. To show how important this was see this direct quote:
Chaplaincy: the invaluable branch of the military and religious life in all denominations is highlighted through compelling artifacts and photographs of chaplains, of all denominations, in action.
Reminds me of the Daughters of St. Paul and their icons of saints of all denominations including but not limited to Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.
Some interesting artwork can be seen here featured at the Center. Reminds me a bit of Dr. Seuss. Here is the promo for an upcoming exhibit. The picture shown here looks awfully like Jesus' wedding picture to me. I would be happy to be wrong.
The Chapel is probably the heart of the Center and the picture seen here speaks volumes.
Maybe if the directors of the Center decided to substitute Catholicism for Liberalism, people would actually come to visit and patrons would be happy to donate to support the project.