The Roman Catholic Church has lost her centuries-old sense of the uncreated transcendent beauty of God, as manifested through the created beauty of sacred and liturgical art, by buying into the postmodern minimalistic trend for the adornment of new churches to be 'in keeping with the times.' This loss is occurring despite the Church's longstanding tradition as patroness of the arts, exemplified at its height by masterpieces such as those of Bernini, Fra Angelico, Michelangelo and others as seen in traditionally adorned churches; the people's clamor for true beauty rather than ugliness in worship spaces, and repeated declarations by the Vatican about the urgent need to return to "epiphanies of beauty" in churches worldwide.
In the meantime, the Orthodox Church has safeguarded this sense of divine beauty with great jealousy and zeal, despite postmodernity and accusations of being 'stuck in the past.' This can be seen through the multitude of stunning hand-painted icons and iconographic frescos that populate their churches; theology in color much sought after by believers and non-believers alike for its timeless beauty and inescapable sense of the transcendent.
Will the Roman Catholic Church be able to rediscover her roots in the liturgical arts, satiating the hunger of the people for divine beauty, given the worldly spirit of the times in the Church itself?
Writer/Director/DOP/Producer - Marcelle Abela
Executive Producer - Mariella Delia