Remember the news item about Cecilia Giménez, an 85-year old parishioner who took it upon herself to restore a faded mural of Jesus in a church and turned it into something that looked like a monkey that then became known as ‘Rhesus Christ’?
Initially the story focused on the remorse felt by the woman and the attempts by the church to try and correct the well-meant error. But it turns out that Rhesus Christ has become a tourist attraction. The church started charging visitors a fee to see what has also been called Behold the Monkey, and Gimenez feels that it is profiting unfairly from her artistic efforts. She is now suing the church to get a cut of the proceeds.
It is a tricky issue to judge who has the merits of this case and one can only ask, “What Would Rhesus Do?”