Parish priest Juan Carlos Martínez, 40, from the Galician town of Cuntis, incurred the displeasure of the Catholic Church for posing as Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, flanked by two men dressed as bunnies, on a carnival float.
According to this report, he has apologised profusely for his “misguided” caper.
The trio lounged on red satin sheets on a trailer made out to look like a bed in the Playboy mansion as they were towed through the streets of the town behind a 4X4 in the small town near Pontevedra in northwestern Spain.
At one point, “a bunny” leapt astride “Hugh” and simulated sex.
But while such costumes and high jinks are typical at carnival time, Catholic Church authorities were quick to express their dismay at such antics.
Father Martínez was asked to attend a “spiritual retreat” to reflect on:
Behaviour clearly inappropriate for a priest.
“I am so sorry to those who feel offended,” said the repentant curate from the pulpit, adding that he had requested an appointment with the Archbishop of Santiago to make a formal apology.
One resident said in a TV report broadcast on Antena 3:
Such things happen at carnival, it’s just a bit of fun. He’s a great priest and everyone loves him.
When a senior priest, Calixto Covo, came to the parish to admonish Father Martínez, he found dozens of residents had gathered outside his home to show their support. Covo said:
It’s great that he is well loved by the people he served.
He added that despite the displeasure of the humourphobic Archbishop there would be no lasting consequences for Father Martínez.