It’s not the first time the figure of Jesus Christ has been rendered in chocolate, but it’s controversial enough to get an exhibit at a New York City art gallery cancelled.
Sculptor Cosimo Cavallaro’s “My Sweet Lord” is a life-sized, naked Jesus. Christians- mostly Catholics, in this case- have no taste for it.
The artwork, fashioned from more than 200 pounds of milk chocolate, presented Christ with his arms outstretched as though nailed to an invisible cross. The Cavallaro creation, in contrast with typical religious portrayals of Christ, did not include a loincloth.
Word of the milk chocolate Christ infuriated Catholics, including (Cardinal Edward) Egan, who described it as “a sickening display.”
In another pre-Easter food fracas, KFC is still waiting for an answer from Pope Benedict- and will probably wait for all eternity.
Late last month, the fast food chain asked for a papal endorsement of its Fish Snacker, “a tender, flaky filet of 100 percent Alaskan Pollack topped with tangy tartar sauce and served on a warm sesame bun.”
Someone writing releases for KFC went so far as to call the sandwich a “modern take on ‘loaves and fishes’ for today’s Lenten observers.”
Yes, they’re still waiting to hear from the Holy Father on that one. But don’t be surprised if you hear of a KFC or two being struck by lightning.