Catholics Criticize Depiction Of Bikini-Clad Virgin Mary

Despite demands by protesters and the archbishop of Santa Fe, a New Mexico museum defended its depiction of a bikini-clad Virgin Mary.  Museum officials plan to meet next week to hear public comment on “Our Lady,” a digital photograph that also includes a bare-breasted angel.  Archbishop Michael Sheehan called the artwork “yet another trashing” of Catholicism, while museum officials say they’re surprised at the public outcry and say they hope the controversy will continue to spark public discourse about the role of art and how it plays into community values and freedom of expression.