Catholic Double Standards!

Apparently there is a museum exhibit floating around that displays dead bodies.  The first I’ve heard of it was in this article from ZENIT.  This is the brainchild of Gunthor von Hagens and is called “Body Worlds.”  For some reason, Catholic prelates are opposing this.

“Catholic moral teaching regards the human person as a unity of soul and body, spirit and matter” and as such “more than just a vessel for the soul,” explained a joint statement by Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas and Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph. “The Church’s concern for human dignity extends to the body even after the soul is no longer present.”

ZENIT also notes Father Michael Seger, a professor of moral theology at the Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary Seminary of the West:

The human person is a unity of body and spirit, he pointed out in the Cincinatti Enquirer newspaper Feb. 1. We love and suffer in our bodies and the exhibition of the preserved corpses “rip a person from the context of her or his life story,” he said. “They stand before us sadly anonymous: not mourned and not reverenced.”

“The plasticized bodies displayed for anatomical voyeurism belong to a person who deserves better,” Father Seger urged. “We are a society that prides itself on protecting and promoting human dignity, so we ask if this exhibit respects that noble goal.”

I find this ironic in contrast with the Catholic practice of digging up dead saints and displaying their bodies for public veneration.  This is what we in the business call a “double standard.”

I’d like for a Catholic to explain to me why this isn’t.


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