Happy Clappy New Church: Official "Catholic" Hymn Book Features False Angel
“This is not compatible with Catholicism in any way, and is highly inappropriate for a Catholic publisher to place in Catholic parishes,” Sticha writes (Twitter.com, August 25).
OCP.org is the main US publisher of liturgical music and worship resources which are used in two-thirds of the Catholic churches in the USA.
Moroni is an alleged "angel" which the founder of Mormonism, Joseph Smith (1844), believed, appeared to him and gave him the book of Mormon.
The publisher denied in a FaceBook.com statement that the picture belongs to Mormonism claiming that the artist produced a collection of angels and that the angel on the cover was “Angel VIII.”
“This particular piece was chosen for its beauty and, since it was for our beloved Music Issue, for its musical element/theme (the angel playing a horn),” OCP adds.
The artist is the Argentinian painter Jorge Cocco Santángelo (*1936), a lapsed Catholic who joined Mormonism in 1962.
Father Sticha therefore replied, “This is *NOT* an apology. This is insulting. Get rid of this image, recall these books, and find appropriate *Catholic* art!”
After a big pushback against the hymn book, OCP decided to hide FaceBook comments "for now."