Episcopal Priest Faces Scrutiy Over Nude Photos
In the middle of the 16th century, Catholic bishops and theologians met sporadically in the city of Trento in northern Italy to discuss the church's response to the Reformation. Over the course of 18 years, the Council of Trent produced documents correcting abuses like indulgences and other corruption.
In 1564, the council ordered that some naked figures in Michelangelo's massive "Last Judgment" fresco in the Sistine Chapel be covered up as a result of the council's dictate that "all lasciviousness be avoided; in such wise that figures shall not be painted or adorned with a beauty exciting to lust."
It will be difficult for critics to compare Michelangelo's nudes with the ones photographed by the Rev. John Blair. Just after the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri launched an investigation of the St. Louis priest, many of his photos of nude models were removed from the Internet ...
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#1 Sep 18, 2012
from The Huffington Post:
"Blair was not hiding his art. In fact, he could hardly have been more public about it. The 40-year-old priest declined to be interviewed, but he describes himself in several places online as an artist. Much of his photography is of adult female models in classic nude poses; his work has been shown in local galleries and art shows.
"Before his page on an online photography website was taken down, Blair described some of his work as including 'artistic nudes and fine art erotica.' Some of the images involve male and female models in more explicit sexual poses ...
"Blair became a priest in the Episcopal Church in 2000. In 2004, he became rector of All Saints' Episcopal Church. He resigned in 2007 after being accused of what diocesan officials called 'an impropriety,' though the diocese found no evidence to support the accusation.
"The priest is also a member of both the Association of Professional Chaplains and the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, and each has a code of ethics that include rules against sexual misconduct.
"Aside from being an Episcopal priest, Blair was a friar in the Episcopal Order of St. Francis, whose website says its members 'denounce promiscuity, exploitation and abusiveness in the relationships of any of the brothers.'"
Looks like this Episcopal Priest has broken very vow in every order he ever took.
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