Archbishop Cupich's Negro Christmas Card
The Bear had suspected Archbishop Cupich of being a psychopath, someone who cannot feel empathy. This was after his comment on the disclosure that Planned Parenthood not only killed babies, but was selling their body parts for profit. (Those people are probably psychopaths, too.) You may recall that Cupich (with that blinkless, reptilian gaze) said, yeah, but the death penalty, racism and unemployment are bad, too.
This is not the response of a human being with sufficient blood getting to his amygdala.
Now, courtesy of the Bear's learned friend at Mahound's Paradise (go there for the image), we learn that maybe Cupich, or at least his handlers, may have empathy after all. The Christmas card sent out by the Archdiocese of Chicago featured a Negro Holy Family.
On the other hand, psychopaths make their living mimicking human feelings.
While there are only about 10% more whites than blacks in Chicago, the Archdiocese has just 3% Catholic blacks.
The Bear is Unperturbed
The Bear is oddly unperturbed by this. Perhaps he is hoarding his perturbation, because he knows it must last the whole year, and the elderly gentleman from Argentina is still Pope. He's not saying the Hound is wrong. He's just saying it doesn't push any of the Bear's many, many buttons. Perhaps readers may point out to the Bear where he is wrong.
|18th Century Ethiopian|
depiction of Christ.
The Bear doubts there has not been a race that Our Lord's humanity has not worn in artistic depictions. Since they're all persons the Bear sees nothing improper in it. However, America is now hyper-racialized, making it a special case. More about that later.
The Bear moves that Exhibit 1 be received into evidence, and published to the jury. You will observe, ladies and gentlemen, that this image of Our Lord is of a serene young gentleman with a delicate, straight nose, pale skin, blond hair plus short, blond beard, and blue eyes. No doubt you have seen many, many examples of Aryan Jesus and never given it a second thought.
|Exhibit 1, "Ayran Jesus"|
The earliest known icon of Christ, Christ Pantocrater, at St. Catherine's on Mt. Sinai. Although Christ is depicted as pale, he does have dark hair and brown eyes. (Dates from 6th Century.)
|Oldest known icon of Christ (St. Catherine's Monastery, Mt. Sinai.)|
Eyes do not point together, two sides of face different.
|Russian popular style of icon (dominates Bear's|
icon corner, with lampada always kept burning
before it for last 20 years).
|Typical modern icon of Our Lord. (Note the|
similarity with the 6th century
Perhaps because the Bear doubts the Holy Family will ever be depicted as Bears, or perhaps it's because, no offense, all humans look a little strange to him, he's just not invested in the outrage.
The question seem to be Cupich's motives.
Why Did Cupich Do It?
America is so hyper-racialized now that everything has to be examined under the loupe of race. Black suspect shot? Racist cops. Statue of Catholic Missionary Pierre-Jean de Smet on a campus? Racism against Indians. And if it's not race, it's homophobia, which is racism by another name. Or sexism, which is racism by another name. Were it not for their speciesist history of violence against his kind, the Bear might feel sorry for heterosexual white males.
Who knows what Cupcich's motives were, or how much input he had in the decision. If you put a gun to the Bear's head (you wouldn't be the first) he would guess someone was buffing Cupich's Social Justice Warrior credentials. Or maybe he's reminding the 47% of whites in his archdiocese that Jesus isn't just for white people anymore. Or, maybe he's telling that 3% of black Catholics that he cares about them. Probably it just seems like the Liberal thing to do. The only thing we know is it wasn't prompted by a genuine human emotion.
Who cares? Sadly, Cupich will give us many more opportunities for real outrage this year.
There has been an ocean of ink spilled on the subject of "White Jesus." Perhaps the best (at least most useful) answer is the one provided by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a 1957 edition of Ebony's "Advice for Living." (Provided on the topic, not for the theology.)
The color of Jesus’ skin is of little or no consequence. The whiteness or blackness of one’s skin is a biological quality which has nothing to do with the intrinsic value of the personality. The significance of Jesus lay, not in His color, but in His unique God-consciousness and His willingness to surrender His will to God’s will. He was the Son of God, not because of His external biological make-up, but because of His internal spiritual commitment. He would have been no more significant if His skin had been black. He is no less significant because His skin was white.Someday, some of us may know for sure. Until then, this image is the best we have. And God didn't leave it to us in color.
|The Shroud of Turin|