Page 4, 6th January 1995

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A shocked young reader writes...

I WAS SHOCKED WHEN, a few days ago, I read an article in the Catholic Herald describing a "work of art" that had been put on at the South Bank exhibition, and thankfully has now been removed. It was a statue of the Virgin Mary, draped in a condom. The very idea that someone had a mind sick and contorted enough to create such a thing revolted me. What did the artist hope to achieve by such a thing?

Why was he allowed to display such a hideous example of sacrilege to begin with? I suppose it was artistic freedom that allowed him to do it.

Artistic? Can a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary covered in a condom possibly be regarded as art? if it can be, there is something very wroni with the art world today. Freedom?

Yes, this is a free country, and the freedom we enjoy and take for granted, was bought at a very expensive price. Is this what our grandparents and great grandparents laid down their lives for?

Surely there is a boundary between freedom and downright immorality, or does the free society of today allow us to do wrong for the sake of it? I am concerned this thing that has been created abuses, and makes a mockery of, the freedom that the British are so proud of, and will in time turn freedom into a joke.

What is becoming of a society that encourages such appalling blasphemy? By allowing such moral deterioration to take place, society has, in fact, pressed its own self-destruct button, and begun on a slippery, downward spiral to collapse.

I can only conclude by . saying', thank you Mr Alton, for fighting for what is right, and showing true Christian courage.

Fiorella Sultana (aged 15) Warminster, Wiltshire

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