Catholic Church Condemns Sexy Virgin Mary

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In Chile, a prominent fashion designer has outraged conservative groups and the Roman Catholic church by dressing models like the Virgin Mary, with semi-exposed breasts.

"There is no pornography here, there's no sex, there are no virgins menstruating or feeling each other up. This is artistic expression," said Ricardo Oyarzun, who staged a fashion show yesterday that featured designs inspired by the Virgin Mary. Unlike the "sexy" Virgin Mary featured on a recent cover of Mexican Playboy, Oyarzun says he did not intend to represent the religious figure. Still, a conservative group tried unsuccessfully to block the show in court, and Oyarzun says has received telephone threats and excrement has been smeared on his doorstep. Chile's Episcopal Conference, which includes Catholic bishops, issued a statement saying, "We look on with special pain and deplore those acts which seek to tarnish manifestations of sincere love toward the Virgin Mary, which end up striking at the dignity of womankind by presenting her as an object of consumption." [Reuters]

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Erin Gloria Ryan

Does the Church not realize that they are providing this designer with exactly the publicity that he sought?

It's a hamster wheel series of events, and it really makes me think the Church is stupider as an institution than I already thought.

1- Artist wants recognition.

2- "I know!" says artist, "I will make something offensive to the Catholics! They NEVER stop getting offended!"

3- Artist makes Jesus out of penises or the Virtin Mary wearing a fake beard and holding a piece of poop.


5- Artist accomplishes desired end. World now knows artist's work. Church could have kept people from knowing about "offensive" art by shutting up.