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US Archbishop objects to artwork depicting Mary in floral bikini
    Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan of Santa Fe has protested against the "trashing of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe" in a photo collage that depicts her dressed in a bikini made of roses and held up by a bare-breasted angel.
    "Such an image has no place in a tax-supported public museum," he said. The digital photo image, titled "Our Lady," was created by 33-year-old California artist Alma Lopez.
    It is part of an exhibit, "Cyber Arte: Where Tradition Meets Technology," that recently opened at Santa Fe's state-funded Museum of International Folk Art.
    "To depict the Virgin Mary in a floral bikini held aloft by a bare-breasted angel is to be insulting, even sacrilegious, to the many thousands of New Mexicans who have deep religious devotion to Guadalupe," Archbishop Sheehan said last week.
   
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3-Apr-01


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