Catholics Outraged Over German Cartoon

Scott Roxborough writes in the Hollywood Reporter:
Blowing Jesus

COLOGNE, Germany — A German cartoon mocking the Catholic Church has sparked holy outrage among believers here who say it incites hatred against the Pope and the Catholic faith.

The caricature, published in the Good Friday edition of satire magazine Titanic, shows a priest apparently having oral sex with a crucifix of Jesus on the cross.

The crucifix cartoon is a barbed commentary on recent revelations that 250 people in Germany were sexual abused at Church-run schools in the past decades. The scandal has shaken the German Church. A recent poll said Germans’ trust in the Catholic Church had fallen to 17% from 29% in late January and approval ratings for Pope Benedict have dropped from 38% to 24%.

The German Press Council reported that some 100 formal complaints have been filed since the magazine came out, a level of protest not seen since 2006, when German newspaper Die Welt reprinted the infamous Danish Mohammed cartoons.

Two criminal complaints have also been filed against the cartoonist and the editors of Titanic, claiming the picture slanders their religion. The state prosecutors office in Frankfurt, where Titanic is based, said it would decide next week whether to begin an investigation against the magazine.

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  • http://www.blather.net/ Dave

    In fairness, I think the Catholic Church is more than capable of inciting “hatred against the Pope and the Catholic faith” all by itself.

  • Steve M

    Silly Germans, don't they know that the J-man was at least 20 years too old for a priest to have any interest in?

  • alienflea

    Freedom of speech and expression from American ways.

  • Cillia12333

    Good point guys, the Catholic leaders did fuck up. But regarding fairness, sex abuse happens, and is covered up, in all major religions and organizations, if this were a picture of an Imam fellating Muhammad, there would be a third world war.

    • Peetr

      “an Imam fellating Muhammad” hmmm now there's an IDEA!

  • GoodDoktorBad

    Next, I'd like to see Jesus in soldiers garb, splattered with blood, angrily firing an M-16……

    Or, how about Moses in soldiers garb, shooting a terrorist as he mightily shouts: “Thou shall not kill!!”

    • E.B. Wolf

      Jesus giving a thumbs up from a computer terminal while bombing women and children with a predator drone is more like it.
      Running title: Where the Crusades and Xbox live meet!

    • Sp1der

      You know Moses was warrior, he commanded so very bloody campaigns through out the wholes land slaughtering men women and children

      • GoodDoktorBad

        Before or after the flaming bush?

  • chonus

    If only Catholics would be as outraged at the pedophilia…

    • oman28

      Exactly. This cartoon does not incite me to hate the Pope and the Catholic faith. Knowing that some catholic priests (God knows how many) have abused children and it has largely been covered up for years – That incites me to hate the Pope and the Catholic Faith.

  • http://thefirstchurchofmutterhals.blogspot.com/ mutterhals

    Is this more offensive than DIDDLING GODDAMN DEAF CHILDREN? I think not.

  • stevendukarm

    The Catholic church does not need help from satirists to drum up hatred of their institution and religion. They are doing a fine job of it on their own. Instead of dealing with the decades-old problem of child abuse in the church, and it's sheltering of the perpetrators, the “Holy See” continues to play politics and deny–or take–responsibility. A host of recent revelations firmly document Ratzinger's complicity in covering up abuse and sheltering pedophiles “for the good of the church.” Not that many of us are surprised. After all, he allowed child-molester Bernard Law to install him into his current office on worldwide television. Instead of whining about critics attacking the church, Catholics should be appalled by the things the church has done and covered up for the sake of their faith. Does anyone seriously believe that Jesus would be proud of the politicking, massive hypocrisy and evasion that his supposed earthly representative has engaged in? Did he not say, “Whatsoever you do to the least of my children, you do unto me.”?

  • http://www.willothewisp.org Judith van der Roos

    It is a sad indictment on just how effective religious brainwashing is that those German Catholics are not outraged at the pedophilia perpetrated by the clergy and the institutional indifference to the plight of the victims, the oppression of the victim's as they cried out for help. It is time that we stopped giving all religions the special place they hold in society. It is time we that we really challenged them to justify their very existence because if god is indeed inside everyone of us then what need is there for these organisations, it is time that we thought for ourselves and left these misogynistic criminal organisations behind us.

  • Chico

    Remind me again what the problem is with hatred against the Pope and the Catholic faith?

    They're the kings of spreading hate, so it only seems fair to me.

  • mello

    Inciting hatred against the Catholic church, eh? The Catholic church PREACHES hatred of every culture, religion, and race that doesn’t link to them. A little political satire is too much to bounce back?

  • mello

    Inciting hatred against the Catholic church, eh? The Catholic church PREACHES hatred of every culture, religion, and race that doesn't link to them. A little political satire is too much to bounce back?

  • Anonymous

    24% approve the pope? Then Germany has 24% of people who don’t read the news.

  • ifeito

    24% approve the pope? Then Germany has 24% of people who don’t read the news.

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