Pope joke mag kidnapped by printers

A Galician satirical magazine has been “kidnapped” by its printers because they disagree with it making fun of the Pope and the Church.

The special issue of Retranca was meant to coincide with the Pope’s visit to Santiago de Compostela, but the printers took offence and refused to release it for distribution, citing their “moral disagreement” with its contents.

It's raining cash: The cover of Retranca

Roughly translated from Galician, the headline reads “The Pope’s visit will cost 3 million Euros”. The Pope is saying, “No miracles of loaves, or fishes, or hosts. I make it rain cash on me.”

The magazine’s director, Kiko da Silva, said:

The decision is absurd and has no rhyme or reason. The owner of the press told us not they wouldn’t hand over the copies because they morally disagree with the contents and they will do everything possible to prevent it seeing the light of day. Literally, they said they would not give publicity to such blasphemy.

Retranca is taking legal advice.


6 Responses to “Pope joke mag kidnapped by printers”

  1. Matt Heath says:

    I don’t think you mean visit “visit to Portugal”. He was there (here) in the Summer; now(ish) he’s going to Galicia itself for something or other in Santiago de Compostela.

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  3. Stonyground says:

    Well the magazine is already getting publicity from these people’s actions. I am quite fascinated by the inability of censorious types to forsee the consequences of their actions. This is despite the fact that there are numerous examples of attempts to censor something having the exact opposite effect to that intended.

  4. Monitor says:

    Yes, Stonyground. That is one of the reasons MWW exists (although updates have been few and far between lately). In our small way, we try to make attempted censorship counter-productive.

  5. barriejohn says:

    Agreed. Now we’ve all heard of Retranca. Hahaha!!!