We can’t know for sure because the Church’s position on tattoos isn’t always clear.
In some situations, Catholic bishops have called the practice “vulgar,” “obscene,” and “an affront” to the body and the dignity of all people.
In a document titled “Worship for the Body and the Soul in the Modern World” published on his personal blog, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said: “I cannot approve of, tolerate, condone, allow, or even permit a Christian to have tattooed the body part of Christ.”
“The physical sign we create for our self-identities, as Catholics,” he wrote, “tends to be deeply confusing, confusing, confusing — as if we create a sign only to be exposed to ridicule, and then find our bodies ridiculed.”
In other words, Catholics may be expected to cover one of their body parts, but tattooing another part is forbidden.
So is it right to put a Catholic’s face on a church photo? Well, yes, because, the Vatican notes, they are also human-shaped images.
In its statement on the new photos, the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications and Public Information pointed out that they are not the first time the Catholic Church’s image had been altered.
“A similar incident took place in 2009 with the pope’s face being used in a mural on the facade of the Vatican,” the statement said.
Still, the Vatican says that the new photos are a “great step in the right direction for a more respectful relationship with all those who do not wish to identify with a particular faith in any way.”
Catholicism is also trying to come up with a new concept known as “transsexual persons.”
The Church believes that the practice is not a sin when done as prescribed by God in the Bible.
The following is an excerpt from my collection of classic essays, The Essays, published by Princeton University Press. For more information, visit The Essays Online.
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