Those austrian popes don’t lose any time.

BBC NEWS | Europe | Cardinal in ‘Nazi art term’ row:

Cardinal Meisner warned that when art became estranged from worship, culture became degenerate.

The BBC’s Marianne Landzettel says this was no off-the-cuff remark by the cardinal, delivered in a sermon in Cologne Cathedral, but was precisely scripted.

She says the phrase degenerate art – “entartete Kunst” – in German has only one connotation: that of Nazi Germany and the persecution of artists, the banning of paintings and the burning of books.

Apparently art has to be representational and figurative to be good. You know, like rose windows.

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