What reaction would you have if someone painted over the Mona Lisa? Or the works of Michelangelo, Vermeer, or Monet? Would you be shocked? Appalled? Horrified even? Who knows what great works have been laid victim to the paint brush in countless Catholic churches across the world? Too many, I am certain.
You see, I have now encountered two Roman Catholic churches in two different countries where some brilliant bishops in the 1960's or 1970's, saw fit to paint over the original artwork that occupied the walls of the apse, the nave and/or the transepts of each. No doubt, these paintings depicted the life and times of Jesus Christ, Holy Mother Mary, Saint Joseph, or some other aspect of the early Christianity.
It seems to me that there is something more at stake than a fresh coat of paint. For I believe, it has been an attack on the body of Christ.