See of Orlando (Florida): St. James “Catholic” Cathedral


[Crucifixion & Death (St. James stained glass)]

Controversial honor

Thomas Wenski, formerly Bishop of the Diocese of Orlando, has been honored by being included in a stained-glass window that depicts the Death of the Christ on the Cross [†](left). It's 1 of approximately 2 dozen new stained-glass windows on the ground floor of St. James Cathedral, in downtown Orlando.

An article in the Orlando Sentinel [*], on the morning of the cathedral's rededication, described the anachronistic scene in the window [emphasis added]:

Wenski, dressed in his red bishop's robes and gold miter, is depicted kneeling at the foot of the cross, opposite Roman soldiers and in front of Mary, his hands clasped in prayer and his head tilted upward toward Jesus.
False !

Bishop Wenski is standing in front of the crucified Christ, contrary to the newspaper article, as anyone who views the window in person can plainly see. Fascinatingly, the eyes of at least 1 Roman soldier (in green) seem to be focused on Wenski, not on the Christ.
(Photo copyright © 2010 C. Phipps; all rights reserved.)

The article quoted Diocese of Orlando spokeswoman Carol Brinati, defending the bishop's presence:

It's not that [the bishop] is any more special-- he is just representing us as the people of God, the body of God, before the foot of the cross

[Bp. Wenski at Death of Jesus (St. James stained glass)] The only photo published with the Orlando Sentinel article, an ill-suited horizontal of only 2 × 3 58 inches [*], shows less than 30% of the vertical window [#].

This close-up (left) was cropped out of the independent full-length photo (above left), so that the bottom of the close-up is vertically at the same place as the bottom of the photo published in the Orlando Sentinel, i.e.: at the knee of Jesus, which is also where the gold border of the bishop's chasuble intersects the white sleeve over his bent forearm. The dark bands through the bishop's miter, head, and body are parts of the window's support structure.
(Photo copyright © 2010 C. Phipps; all rights reserved.)

Note †: The window corresponds to Statio XII, perhaps the most solemn of the traditional Stations of the Cross, and to Station 6 of the Novus Ordo Stations (after being nearly halved from 14 to 8 for World Youth Day in 2008, Pope Benedict XVI presiding).

Note *: Jeff Kunerth: “Is it an image of controversy or tradition?”. Orlando Sentinel, 20 Nov. 2010, p. B1, B5.

Note #: Only a horizontal 1:2 ratio segment was printed out of the whole vertical 2:1 ratio window (shown full-length in an independent photo, above left).


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