Sorry Lucinda … you’re no Galileo.


An artist who had planned to create a sculpture from DVDs send out by Minnesota’s Catholic bishops said she was suspended from her position as the Basilica of St. Mary’s artist in residence. Lucinda Nayor’s project will take anti-gay marriage DVDs sent out to Catholics in advance of the November election and create a message of “creativity and hope.” While Naylor faces a setback at the basilica, she got a boost on Monday when other groups including one called Return The DVD, joined up with her project.

Naylor doesn’t want to dwell on the suspension from a position she’s held at the downtown Minneapolis basilica for 15 years, but says attention to it could help with her project. “It will draw more attention to the DVD to art project,” she told the Minnesota Independent on Sunday.

“Disappointed as I am by my suspension, I do not want to overly focus on it,” she wrote on her blog. “My primary focus remains on making a great piece of art.”

She said she was “startled and humbled to find that I join the ranks of people before me who been silenced or ousted one by one for disagreeing with the church.”

She added, “Maybe in 500 years, I, like Galileo, will get my suspension lifted.”

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