A painting of George Floyd depicted as Jesus Christ displayed at a Catholic college is “heretical, blasphemous idolatry,” a student instructed Fox News.

Blayne Clegg, a junior on the Catholic University of America, was shocked when he noticed the painting hanging exterior the legislation college’s chapel a number of weeks in the past.

“There’s a fine line between recognizing the innate dignity and righteousness of human beings that are made in the image of God and embracing brazen, progressive politics,” Clegg instructed Fox News.

Kelly Latimore’s painting, titled “Mama,” reveals a mom mourning her son and evokes Michelangelo’s sculpture “La Pieta,” based on the college. Michelangelo’s work depicts the virgin mom Mary holding Jesus Christ.


An similar painting additionally hangs within the campus ministry workplace, The Daily Signal first reported. 

Kelly Latimore’s "Mama," as displayed in The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law.

Kelly Latimore’s “Mama,” as displayed in The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law.
(Blayne Clegg)

Students’ reactions to the painting have been “universally negative,” Clegg instructed Fox News. “I haven’t found anybody who’s been able to give a serious theological justification for this kind of heretical, blasphemous idolatry.”

“Jesus has been depicted as many different races, but Jesus is always depicted as nothing but Jesus, the sinless son of Almighty God,” Clegg continued. “There has never, to my knowledge, been any serious, respected Catholic theologian or icon maker who has depicted Jesus Christ as another human being.”

When requested whether or not the painting is of Floyd or Jesus, Latimore has replied, “Yes.” Floyd known as out for his mom in a viral video that confirmed him die underneath a police officer’s knee.

The college unveiled “Mama” as a part of Black History Month, based on a March news release from the legislation college’s web site.

The Catholic University of America

The Catholic University of America

“Following the violent death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, Latimore created this icon in June of that year,” the outline posted with the painting reads. 

“The image is evocative of the Pietà – the Mother of Sorrows,” the outline continues. “May Mary, the Mirror of Justice, hear the cry of all who have known the sorrow of losing a loved one to violence and injustice. Amen.”

Clegg, a former Catholic University College Republicans president, instructed Fox News: “It’s hard to imagine that progressive politics could be fully embraced by university faculty and staff and administrators at the Catholic University of America.”

The college’s Vice President of Communications responded to Fox’s request for remark saying, “The icon ‘Mama’ is a pieta depicting Mary and her Son, Jesus Christ. The letters in the halo are Ὁ ὬΝ, which is shorthand in Greek for ‘I Am.’ The letters are used in icons only in connection with Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”

The assertion continued, “There are those who would like to see George Floyd as the male figure in the icon. That is not how we read it. The image represents to our community a good-faith attempt to include religious imagery on campus that reflects the universality of the Catholic Church.”

Students on the Catholic University have began a petition to remove the paintings from their campus. 

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