"Is it the color of my monitor, or is the Blessed Virgin Mary wearing, instead of her traditional blue, a "hot pink" or "tart red" colored garment, under her "delicate veil of latex"? Anon. Comment on Catholic World News
The ad above was actually run in the Jesuit magazine America before the editors realized that the statuette of Mary was enveloped in a condom. The artist
Mr Rosenthal, who is based in London, said last night his work had been "orchestrated" for publication coinciding with World Aids Day on December 1.And what would the founder of the Jesuits, Ignatius Loyola, do (WWILD)? Well according to Catholic World News:
"The primary aim of the work is to highlight the Vatican's continuance of non-advocation regarding the use of condoms," he said. "The description of the work was clear from both the text included and the image provided. America magazine happily accepted the insertion and billed me for $391. It has subsequently refused to accept payment."
...In a front-page article in the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, Vittorio Messori, a literary collaborator of the late pope John Paul, expressed horror at the way the sperm cup at the end of the condom had been arranged so as to sit on top of the Virgin's head, "like a grotesque cap replacing the royal crown of tradition". The Jesuit weekly, America, which calls itself the US "national Catholic weekly", apologised in its latest issue. A spokesman told the Guardian: "We made a terrible mistake by publishing this. We only saw the ad in black and white, so we didn't see how serious it was."
If Ignatius Loyola still governed the Jesuits, roughly 20 minutes after the advertisement (above) for the condom-covered Madonna had appeared in America Magazine, abject and unequivocal apologies would have been expressed to the faithful, to the Holy See, and to the Virgin herself, and in the place of America's editorial offices there'd be a large smoking crater on 56th Street.So that's what it means to turn the other cheek.