An art student dresses as a semi-naked pope and hands out condoms. Catholic Church displeased.

An art student dressed in a salacious version of the garb of an organization that lies about condoms and then handed out condoms.  The Catholic Church (the dishonest organization in question) is not happy.

Students at Carnegie Mellon say it’s freedom of expression, but the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh calls it inappropriate and disrespectful.

At an annual art school parade, a female student dressed up as the pope, and was naked from the waist down while she passed out condoms.

Even more, witnesses say the woman had shaved her pubic hair in the shape of a cross.

Catholics are offended and demanding action.  However, since they don’t seem to care about the offense the rest of us feel when they try to dictate our sex lives or when they spread factually errant information about condoms, I say the proper action by the school is to tell them not to look, but that we will not demand that others comport their lives around what offends the Catholic Church.

If laws were broken, then there should be punishment.  But offending the Catholic Church is not a crime.  In fact, it can be a great deal of fun.  When people are looking so feverishly for things to be offended about, it can be hard for any charitable atheist not to give them what they so clearly want.

I’ve got this great idea: stop trying to control people’s sex lives and then they won’t feel the need to defy you so overtly.

  • Glodson

    They say “CMU’s decision not to suspend this female student, who
    publicly ridiculed Catholics and violated the local ordinance on public
    nudity, while invoking sanctions against the frat boys for offensive
    behavior behind closed doors, is legally problematic and morally

    Do we really want to talk about behavior behind closed doors that is legally problematic and morally indefensible concerning the Catholic Church?

  • Jasper

    “But offending the Catholic Church is not a crime. In fact, it can be a great deal of fun.”

    I see a board game in the future.

    • Jasper
    • Drakk

      There’s already a video game, isn’t there?

      • Jasper

        Is there? (honestly asking)

        • Glodson

          The only one that comes to mind is “Dante’s Inferno,” but that was a faked Catholic/religious outcry with no actual offense taken by officially by any church group that I know of. It was a bad attempt at viral marketing.

          The real offense of “Dante’s Inferno” was likely more felt by the literal circles who found out of its existence and what it did to a classic work.

          • Drakk

            No, David got it right. I did mean Vatican Quest.

          • Glodson

            Never heard of that one. But I do wish these stayed in order to time posted. This exchange looks confusing.

          • Drakk

            It’s an internet flash game. And I’m not sure what problem you’re having with the comments. Try setting your ordering to “new” or “old” rather than “best”.

          • Glodson

            Yea, I’ve not done that. So the order gets all jumbled in the replies. Which is kind of fun too, if it makes the conversation look disjointed.

          • Loqi

            Down with Disqus! Seriously. Not only is the default ordering stupid, it won’t let me post from a mobile device, which is pretty much all of my interaction with the blog.

        • DavidMHart

          I think you may be thinking of
          Vatican Quest. If that can’t offend the Catholic Church, then nothing can.

          • Glodson

            @ DavidMHart

            That was all kinds of wrong. This game is totally unbelievable. There’s no way the pope could jump like that.

          • Loqi

            Apparently you’ve never seen Angels in the Outfield.

          • Regina Carol Moore

            This video game makes me laugh and makes me sad all at the same time!

  • Bev Stapleton

    The comments on that article make my head ache.

    • Glodson

      I shouldn’t have looked.

      Many of those people are an embarrassment to humanity.

  • Regina Carol Moore

    The student who did this is my hero.

  • baal

    Mad props to this student. Also, note that the RCC’s comments make it clear that they’d use disproportionate punishment had they the power to do so.

  • islandbrewer


    I’m hoping a Catholic troll comes here with some ridiculous claim about condom distribution causing AIDS and STDs.

  • ganner918

    I can’t stop laughing at the mental image of this girl, and of the pearl clutching of the Bishop and other offended Catholics.

  • Azkyroth

    Jesus Balls, what the fuck has Patheos done to the commenting and were they planning to give people any warning?


    If laws were brokenthis manner of protest is actually illegal, then there should be punishmentfix the fucking law



  • Feminerd

    Go her! That is an awesome piece of performance art/protest.

  • Matthew Ostergren

    I am glad CMU hasn’t punished the student, and I hope they stick by their veiw that it’s artistic expression.

  • islandbrewer
  • Brian Pansky

    “the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh calls it inappropriate and disrespectful.”

    totally unlike the REAL pope, who is respectful and appropriate /sarcasm