Icon of Ecclesiology

 

This image of the Church, the new Eve, emerging from the side of Christ, the new Adam, with the Father as midwife and the Spirit providing shelter, is my very favorite image of the Church. I first saw it in the New Catholic Encyclopedia under “Church, Images of.” It is from the Bible Moralisée Codex 1179, folio 3v, which is owned by the National Library of Austria, in Vienna. I purchased permission to display it here but the image is owned by the National Library. The provenence is “Bilarchiv. d ÖNB, Vienna.” Please respect their copyright. This image of the Church, “Roma Locuta Causa Finita” (“Rome has spoken, the case is closed”), is my least favorite image of the Church. It is painted on the ceiling of the chapel of the Archbishop’s House, the home built on the grounds of St. John Seminary by Archbishop John Cantwell for his retirement. It encapsulatres in one image the ecclesiology of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in the late 1930’s.