Monday, April 21, 2014

Poet Laureate Confronts His Childhood Abuse by Priest

By Will Higgins
Decades after his abuse by an Indiana priest, Norbert Krapf wrote the poems that became “Catholic Boy Blues.”
INDIANA---Norbert Krapf, Indiana's poet laureate from 2008 to 2010, kept a secret for a half-century: As a boy in Jasper, in Southern Indiana, he had been molested by his parish priest, Monsignor Othmar Schroeder. Krapf was 63 when he told of the abuse to the Bishop of Evansville, who presides over Jasper's Catholic community. Krapf that same year began writing poems about his abuse. He was by then an experienced poet, had published 10 books of poetry. But they had never flowed out of him as they did now — 325 poems in a year. The book, which contains 130 of the poems, was released April 1. It's called "Catholic Boy Blues: A Poet's Journal of Healing." Krapf spoke with Will Higgins on the phone, in person and via email. [Read more...]

Monday's Madonna & Child (1648) is by Nicolas Poussin at the Cleveland Museum of Art

"The Holy Family on the Steps" 1648) by Nicolas Poussin
OHIO---"Robert Bergman, who directed the Cleveland Museum of Art from 1993 to 1999, often had a dark fantasy in which the institution was on fire and he had time to save only one work of art," reported Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer. "Which would it be?" Inspired by the museums new expansion, Litt picked his Top 20 and it includes "The Holy Family on the Steps" 1648) by Nicolas Poussin. The museum raised the ire of France in 1981 when it bought this superb example of the artist's Baroque classical style. The museum believed it didn't need an official export permit for the work, and stood its ground.

Sunday, April 20, 2014


I love listening to Quincy Owens, and I loved his work long before we'd ever met when I stumbled upon his "Holy Land" (above) at an Indianapolis gallery in 2012. He's a full-time artist, and a Christian who just returned from a Hindu immersion in India, and is now preparing for another "mission through art" to Romania (with his wife and kids). "In our western culture we talk in terms of “either/or” in a way of separating and categorizing," he said about his work. "In eastern culture there is a seamless acceptance of 'both/and.'" His work is just that – "both/and," and that's why we're celebrating this Easter with a gift of support for his journey to Romania as our NEWS OF WEEK. You can support him too by sending a check to: Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Delaware Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202, ATTN: "Romania Mission."

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Movie Review: "Heaven is for Real" Stars Greg Kinnear

By Jeannett Catsoulis
Connor Corum, left, and Greg Kinnear in “Heaven Is for Real.” Credit Allen Fraser/TriStar Pictures
HOLLYWOOD---The wooing of religious moviegoers — a delicate operation, as the “Noahbacklash attests — has been ramping up lately, with major players like Ridley Scott and Ben Kingsley mining the Bible for box office gold. But if there’s such a thing as a safe bet in this genre, it’s “Heaven Is for Real,” a Christian sermon that even the most doctrinaire believer can applaud. Preachy and pretty, “Heaven” is a classy-looking product with a vanilla flavor and a pastel palette. [link]

Friday, April 18, 2014

Holyday Art for Good Friday: "My Dad Mocking Christ" by Tom Torluemke

"My Dad Mocking Christ" (2009) by Tom Torluemke, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 24"
INDIANA---Today is Good Friday, the day Christians commemorate the passion, or suffering, and death on the cross of the Lord, Jesus Christ. The painting "My Dad Mocking Christ" by Tom Torluemke powerfully illustrates the beating and mocking that continues to this day. Today, many  will fast until after this evening's Good Friday services. It is a day of worship, prayer, fasting and "almsgiving" for members of most Christians, including Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Churches of the Brethren, Mennonites, as well as many Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, and Presbyterian churches.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Holyday Art for Maundy Thursday: "The Last Supper" by Doug Blanchard

"The Last Supper" by Doug Blanchard
The final Thursday of Christian holy season of Lent is known as "Maundy Thursday" and commemorates the last supper of Jesus Christ with his disciples and friends. It is also known by the names "Holy Thursday," "Covenant Thursday," "Great and Holy Thursday," "Thursday of Mysteries," and "Sheer Thursday." The Mass or service of worship is usually celebrated Thursday evening, which is when Friday begins according to Jewish tradition (Last Supper was held on the feast of Passover). The Washing of the Feet is a traditional component of the celebration in many Christian churches, including the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Churches of the Brethren, Mennonites, as well as many Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, and Presbyterian churches. I'll be at a Methodist church tonight for the service.

Columbus Museum of Art: Jewish Marriage Pacts Binding, Beautiful

By Christopher A. Yates
For more than two thousand years, the ketubbah, or Hebrew marriage contract, has been an integral part of Jewish culture.
OHIO---Thirty Jewish marriage contracts, ranging from 12th-century Egypt to present-day New York, are featured in “The Art of Matrimony” at the Columbus Museum of Art. Perhaps best understood as documents expressing the promises that grooms make to brides, the contracts (ketubah) protect women in cases of divorce or the death of a spouse. Names, dates and wedding locations are included along with obligations involving conjugal relations, food, shelter and clothing. [link]

Columbus Museum of Art: “The Art of Matrimony: Thirty Splendid Marriage Contracts from The Jewish Theological Seminary Library,” (Ends June 15); 480 E Broad St, Columbus, OH; (614) 221-6801;