|The art that turned Sr Wendy?|
However, don't blame Sr Wendy Beckett.
Blame Mark Rothko.
A BBC journalist and lifelong friend said, "I don't know what's happened to Sr Wendy. She just took one look at this Mark Rothko piece that I bought her and she hasn't been the same since. She used to love icons and beautiful Christian art but there's something about Rothko. It seems to make people embrace mediocrity and reject piety and respect for the holy. It happened to another friend of mine who was also a sincere adherent to the teachings of the Catholic Church. They look at Rothko and then soon enough they don't believe in anything."
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But her recent comments, on BBC's Desert Island Discs, led to a sense of shock and dismay among the Catholic community, because the religious sister has for years been a voice of sincere passion and simplicity, especially in explaining the motifs and messages in religious art.
Catholic concerns were raised when this picture (below) appeared of Sister Wendy in a modern art gallery which suggested that she has 'branched out' of Catholic art in order to appreciate the glories of modern works. After developing a specialist interest in Mark Rothko, Sister Wendy extended her expertise to other works of modern art.
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Another key turning point in Sr Wendy's appreciation for modern thought, culture and criticism of the moral teachings of the Catholic Church is said to have occurred years ago, when the contemplative saw, for the first time, Tracy Emin's bed in the Tate, at which point the humble sister is said to have uttered the words, "How can this be wrong? Is this not love?" Friends believe this was a key moment in the devout sister's questioning of Humanae Vitae which, hitherto, she had upheld and defended at every opportunity as constituting 'a full, profound and breathtaking expression of the beauty of God's plan for man and woman'.
|Emin's bed: 'How can this love be wrong?'|
Sr Wendy, who has a tendency, out of pure simplicity of heart and with a keenness always to see the good in others and in the art World, is also said to have remarked upon of a recent work of art that depicted President Obama as another incarnation of Jesus Christ. A model of self-sacrificial, divine love, the US President is currently devising new ways to persecute the Catholic Church, to subject it and its teaching authority to the power of the State, to force its institutions and all Catholic businesses to provide insurance that will cover artificial contraception and to fine and tax it to Kingdom come and back again, in order to render it silent on moral issues. On the art work (below) decried by most Catholic commentators as 'outrageous blasphemy', Sr Wendy remarked, "I love the convergence of the delightful different hues of blue. It reminds me of Our Lady. The blue and yellow in the middle reminds me of St Peter and the Petrine Authority. The red tie amply demonstrates the love that flowed from the side of Jesus. It's very inspiring. A moving visual account of our redemption for updated for modern times."
|On 'Truth', by Michael D'Antuono: "Delightful blue hues..."|
"When you get to this room, surrounded by modern fancies, ensure you have a fire extinguisher with you, for the passing temptations of this room delight the senses, the eyes, but emanating from this chamber is the fire of Hell itself! Do not be deceived! Trust in God who vouchsafes your soul and who says, 'My grace shall suffice for thee.'"
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At this time of weakness, the one given over to the contemplative life is drawn to despair and to doubt the Lord, the soul shaken, as it is, by temptation and tribulation. Does the soul reject the passing glamour of the temptations or indulge it?"
"The grave temptation is to indulge it and to allow Pride to devour it. It is sad that Sr Wendy has made this moment of doubt in all that the Lord has revealed to the Church so public. I shall be talking to her spiritual director about this, mark my words. Pray for her and have the humility to see that obsessive Catholic bloggers suffer similar temptations and trials in spirit."
|'An interesting distraction' ~ 'Woman's Hour'|
She recently described the feminist and culturally Marxist propaganda programme as an 'interesting distraction from prayer' and is believed to have started becoming an avid listener at some point between the late 1990s - mid 2000s.
Sr Wendy Beckett's spiritual director - appointed to her by Lord Chris Patten in 1998 - Ed Stourton of the BBC, was unavailable for comment. It is thought that the public row and controversy could see Sr Wendy lose her role as the BBC's religious art correspondent and it is said that in the event of being forced to sever her ties with the BBC, the sister devoted to holy simplicity and poverty will be seeking a controversial payout of £2.5 million - a sum that Sir George Entwistle described as, 'Peanuts, when you consider how long she's been involved with the BBC'.
More news on the whereabouts of the renegade sister will be released as information comes in but for more thoughts on Sr Wendy, see Eccles and Bosco.