“I think it's very important to be able to see the funny side of life and its joyful dimension and not to take everything too tragically. I'd also say it's necessary for my ministry. A writer once said that angels can fly because they don't take themselves too seriously. Maybe we could also fly a bit if we didn't think we were so important.”–Pope Benedict XVI
Based on Friendly Defenders:
The Bible forbids "graven images," so why do Catholics use statues?
God Himself instructed Moses to make two statues for the Ark of the Covenant.
"Make two cherubim of beaten gold." Exodus 25:18
God forbids the worship of images, not the mere use of them as aids to prayer.
Related verses: 1Kings 6:23-29, 7:25-45; Num. 21:8-9