Woman calls the cops on 'Jesus'
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St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Davidson, N.C., has installed an unorthodox, life-like statue of Jesus, depicted as homeless and sleeping on a park bench in front of church. His face and hands are wrapped under a blanket, however, his cruxifixion wounds are visible on his bare feet.
"Jesus the Homeless" was purchased for $22,000 in honor of a parishioner, Kate McIntyre. Rev. David Buck says, "It gives authenticity to our church," reports NPR. "This is a relatively affluent church, to be honest, and we need to be reminded ourselves that our faith expresses itself in active concern for the marginalized of society."
But some neighbors have complained about the "insulting depiction" of Jesus in their rich neighborhood, while another actually called the cops on the "hobo." On the other hand, some residents have embraced the statue and joined "Jesus" on the bench while touching his injured feet and praying.
Canadian creator Timothy Schmaiz says, "That's essentially what the sculpture is there to do. It's meant to challenge people," further reports NPR.
Schmaiz is currently waiting to hear if his art will be installed in the Via della Concillazione near St. Peter's Basillica in Rome. The Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., and the Catholic Charities of Chicago have also expressed interest in displaying their own "Jesus the Homeless."