Do Statues distract you?
My Catholic parish's oldest building was built around 1906 and used to be extremely beautiful. Our new parish is more modern and well---- a little ugly. Now I don't mean to complain because it still has beauty and is not nearly as bad as some parishes of recent times but there are a few things I complain about. One of those things would be that we only have one statue in the Church sanctuary---The Blessed Mother. However this is one of the ugliest statues of Mary that I have ever seen, and it was created by a non-Catholic. We paid this guy to make this "original" statue a good fortune too. Go figure. Anyway, I don't understand why we did this since we already have a beautiful statue of Mary sitting in our parish hall that used to be displayed with dignity in our old parish. We have the rest of our church's statuary hidden away in class rooms. I have suggested to our priest that we should place these statues in the Church, but he said that they were cheaply made statues and that he only wanted "Sacred Art" in the Church, and according to him this did not fit that. Well, I think those old statues that are "cheap" are a heck of a lot better than our expensive statue of Mary that looks like a 60 year old woman.
Anyway, I was happening to talk to our DRE (Director of Religious Education) and I brought up that I wish we had more statues in our church. She said if we had side altars that would be perfect, but she was concerned that some people would become distracted by statues. For example she brought up that some old ladies might be praying to "their saint" instead of participating in the Mass. It was an interesting point that I had never thought about. I don't think that it's grounds to keep statues out though. I think it beautifies the Church and reminds us of the heroic lives of the Christian Faithful, and can inspire us to do the same. So, what do you think?