Is there a limit to number of statues permitted in a church or chapel?
The first law that governs the number of statues in a church is the law of physics whereby it is evident that two tangible objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time.
The second law that governs this is the law of good taste, by which we understand that too much of a good thing really is too much.
When all the statues were being taken out of churches, it wasn’t because people were clamoring for a simpler space, or falling down and frothing in confusion because of, say, multiple images of Mary or of Our Lord.
No, it was a small number of pointy-headed liberal iconoclasts who ruined our churches.
They spent oodles of money to destroy what the people had contributed.
Those progressivist plunderers who ravaged our churches showed a particular hatred for devotional images, didn’t they? They accomplished more damage than the Vandals dreamed of causing, and all for ridiculous ideas cooked up by a small group of so-called experts.
In a trice they defaced what several generations of wealthy and poor believers alike scrimped to build.
Think of all the money wasted. YOUR MONEY WASTED!
The looters probably didn’t believe in the Communion of Saints in the way that true Catholics do. Or perhaps they don’t really understand what the Council of Trent said about statues and images:
The images of Christ, the Virgin Mother of God, and of the other saints are kept and honored in churches not because it is believed that there is any divinity or power in these images, or that anything may be asked of them, or any faith put in them. The honor shown to them is really being given to the persons whom they represent. Through these images which we kiss, and before which we bow with bared heads, we worship Christ, and not the saints whose likenesses they display.
You would think that those pillaging thieves were the Mexican troops of President Plutarco Elías Calles. Remember the scene in For Greater Glory when they sacked a church? You would think they were anti-Catholic protesants with their screwy prevarications about Catholics “worshiping” statues, or fundmentalists who claim that the 2nd Commandment forbids statues and images. (Hint: God commanded the Jews to make decorative, devotional statues – cf. Exodus 25:18–20; Numbers 21:8–91; Chronicles 28:18–19.)
Statues remind us that we are not alone in this earthly slog. They remind us that we have friends in heaven who are pulling for us and helping us. They remind us that we too can be holy, even in extraordinary ways.
Liberals even understand that people don’t like or want their stupid ideas. When they have a fundraising drive, for example, they use images of older churches, with statues and stained-glass and beautiful vessels and vestments, rather than the monstrosities they cobble up.
So, in answer to your question, no, there isn’t a limit prescribed in law concerning the number of statues we can have in a church. But it is also possible to overdo it.