Remember that ugly statue of Pope John Paul II that was unveiled in Rome back in 2011?
Yeah, this one:
(AP Photo/Marco Guerrieri)
After an outcry, they “updated” the statue.
A year later, the result:
Yeah, still ghastly. Totally unworthy of such a great man.
Commuter Alberto Donella also wasn’t convinced. He told the AP: “It’s not him. It’s not him,” he said as he walked by the statue. “He was joyful. He was nothing like this here. For me it still looks like a refrigerator.”
Refrigerator. You nailed it, Alberto.
Rome got it wrong. But Czestochowa got it right.
Workers today in Czestochowa are putting the final touches on a 45.3- foot statue of Pope John Paul II (on private land with private funds) in the city famous for an icon of Our Lady.
Folks, this is how you make a statue of Pope John Paul II:
Joshua Mercer is a co-founder of CatholicVote.org, where he serves as Political Director. Mercer previously served as Washington Correspondent for the National Catholic Register and Chairman for Students for Life of America. He lives in Michigan with his wife and six children.