When the cover for next year’s “Breaking Bread” hymnal from Oregon Catholic Press came out, many spotted the obvious comparison to the Mormon’s Angel Moroni. Well since the painting is being sold under that title, this is not in dispute now.
The painter Jorge Cocco Santángelo is originally from Argentina and an early Mormon convert there. A former Catholic now lives in Salt Lake City.
So how did OCP makes so great a blunder?
Well, I suspect Hanlon’s razor is involved “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity”
This is the type of cubist art that OCP seems to prefer for their covers, so no doubt thought it was a great fit. Just another ugly cover as is their tradition.
So I wonder what OCP’s response will be if these have already been printed or sent out to parishes? I believe it is fairly obvious that these can’t be used in Catholic parishes, an image of a fictional angel from a non-Christian religion.
So obviously they need an interceptor missal. Or parishes will have to deploy a missal defense to prevent intrusion.
Still, some might note that this cover is not as heretical as some of the hymns contained.
Update: On the day I wrote this OCP on Facebook issued a non-apology that denied the basic facts of the case. This drew a lot of fire, justly I believe.
Subsequently, they issued an actual apology admitting their error and that this will be rectified.
Image from a parody I wrote in 2012 MUST SEE TV