Pope cartoon sparks outrage

Pope cartoon sparks outrage March 24, 2009

THE Pope is a dickhead. Even the Vatican is beginning to realise what a disaster he really is. condopope
But he is by no means the Church’s only dickhead. Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, is another.
His dickheadedness was exposed again last week when he reportedly wrote to The Times to complain of a cartoon depicting Ratzi with a condom on his head. It accompanied a piece by religious correspondent Ruth Gledhill decrying the Pope’s latest anti-johnnie rant. She wrote:

Pope Benedict XVI has re-opened a running sore in the side of the Church and Africa with another scientifically illiterate attempt to justify a policy that is unjustifiable even by faith.

Murphy complained:

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.

Observed Religion Watch:

In an attempt to deflect attention from the Pope’s stupidity, Murphy O’Connor tried the usual trick of trying to turn the Church into the persecuted victim.

But not as ardently as CatholicTruthScotland, which declared:

The Times is a dreadful rag.   They never miss an opportunity to savage the Pope and that is what they’ve done these past two days, because the Pope, surprise, surprise, is none too keen on the Condom Con.
I’m delighted to report that one of our readers is considering lodging a complaint with  both the Press Complaints Commission and the police – to discover why, take a look at the nasty Ruth Gledhill’s column where she reproduces The Evil Times’ disgraceful cartoon of Pope Benedict with a condom on his head.

The blog continues:

The ‘Catholic Truth’ fight is really ‘the battle within’ – our targets are our disobedient priests and bishops because if they were as they should be, newspapers like The Evil Times would be far too nervous to savage the Church and the Pope in this way.


Still, we cannot remain silent as we are routinely discriminated against by the viciously secular media, secular except when it comes to non-Christian religions, that is.  Can you imagine a cartoon of Muhammed wearing a condom?   Don’t.  The Thought Police will come to get you…

NOTE: In June 2003 the Freethinker carried the spoof ad above on the front page showing Pope John Paul II wearing a condom on his head. We are still awaiting a visit from the police …

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