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Art Appreciator Amy wrote:

Hi, guys —

I was raised Catholic but went to a public school. Growing up, we went to church and Sunday school but as we got older, those things became less frequent. I have received all my sacraments so far but honestly do not know much about my religion. I have decided to read the Bible for the first time and am really enjoying it! I also am reading a book of saints too!

My question is kind of morbid. I recently learned what a Kapala Skull is. It's a decorated human skull that the Tibetans used and made a kind of cup out of. They would drink wine (or wine mixed with blood) out of it.

I am artistic and I don't usually like morbid things like this but was amazed when I saw some of the designs they would carve on to a skull. I didn't even know it was possible!

I was reading online (I'm not really sure of the credibility of the source.) that the Roman Catholics used to drink from these skulls as well although I do not believe they made them.

  • Would it be considered sacrilegious for me to own or possess one of these authentic Kapala Skulls only as an art piece?

Thank you for your thoughts,

Amy

  { Would it be considered sacrilegious for me to own a Kapala skull, only as an art piece? }

Mike replied:

Dear Amy,

First, good for you! for making the decision to learn about the faith, the Bible, and the historical role saintly models have played in the Church. This earthly, physical world is just a drop in the bucket to what awaits us if we persevere toward holiness in the Church.

While I acknowledge your appreciation for fine art, I can't recommend possessing an object like this based on your current spiritual foundation. As a Catholic, who honest admits she doesn't know the faith as well as she could, at this point, you don't want to bring in pieces of art that are rooted in other man-made faith traditions such as Islam and Hinduism.

You said:

  • Would it be considered sacrilegious for me to own or possess one of these authentic Kapala Skulls only as an art piece?

Only if the piece of art, defamed, disgraced, or blasphemed Catholic doctrine, people, Scriptures, or Tradition.

You said:
I was reading online (I'm not really sure of the credibility of the source.) that the Roman Catholics used to drink from these skulls as well although I do not believe they made them.

I also would question the credibility of the source.

I hope this helps,

Mike

Amy replied:

Hi Mike,

Thank you for your opinion!

Amy

Mike replied:

Hi, Amy —

No problem. I'm sure if my colleague have something to add or a different view they will be chiming in.

Take care,

Mike

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