Pope condom-head toon condemned
This is the Peter Brooks cartoon which prompted Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor to pen an angry letter to The Times.
I was appalled at the tasteless cartoon depicting Pope Benedict XVI. No newspaper should show such disrespect to a person who is held in high esteem by a large proportion of Christians in the world. To pillory the Pope in this way is totally unacceptable.
And it’s not just the Murph who is exercised by the recent outcry prompted by Pope Benedict the Whatever’s criminally irresponsible remarks about condoms. The Catholic church in Italy has officially rejected the mockery.
Angelo Bagnasco, the country’s top bishop:
We will not accept the Pope being made the object of mockery and offence, in the media or elsewhere.
He represents for everyone a moral authority, which this journey has made people appreciate even more.
How hurtful. You offer up some sincere and heartfelt mockery and they throw it back in your face.
(Hat tip The Freethinker)