Look, ma has no hands! At Buena Park church, Mary is amputated

Look, ma has no hands! At Buena Park church, Mary is amputated
St. Mary of the Lake Parish, Chicago. Photo: Menachem Wecker

At 7 p.m. tonight, the parish council at St. Mary of the Lake Parish in Buena Park/Uptown met to discuss the two Mary sculptures in front of the church, which was designed by Henry Schlacks, on the 4200 block of Sheridan Rd.

"We are looking for ideas as to how to replace the statue of Mary whose hands were broken off, whether or not we need two statues of Mary on the front lawn, whether she should be standing or seated, whether a digital sign could replace the 4 x 8 piece of plywood, should there be lighting on a statue, have a fountain nearby, etc.," according to the church's newsletter.

In response to a press inquiry, the church said the meeting was open to parishioners.

It's not clear from the church's Facebook page or newsletter, or from online searches, what happened to the hands on the Mary sculpture. If anyone attended the meeting and is willing to share what happened, I'd be grateful if you did so in the comments below.

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    An art critic and painter, Menachem Wecker holds a master’s degree in art history from George Washington University and writes for "Houston Chronicle," as well as various religious publications. He is coauthor, with Brandon Withrow, of Winebrenner Theological Seminary, of the forthcoming book, "Consider No Evil: Two Faith Traditions and the Problem of Academic Freedom in Religious Higher Education" (Cascade Books), and is the former education reporter at "U.S. News and World Report."

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