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Pope blocks magazine over 'leaks' stain picture
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Pope blocks magazine over 'leaks' stain picture

Published: 10 Jul 2012 16:54 GMT+02:00
Updated: 10 Jul 2012 16:54 GMT+02:00

Pope Benedict was obviously not amused when he saw himself pictured with yellow stains down his cassock on a German satire magazine in a nod to the Vatican leaks scandal. He has taken legal action to stop publication.

Hamburg district court said on Tuesday afternoon it would issue an injunction preventing further publication of the Titanic magazine, although copies already on the market can still be sold.

The front cover bears a photograph of the pope with a large yellow stain on the front of his cassock and the headline, “Hallelujah in the Vatican - the leak has been found!”

The back cover has a photo of him from behind with a large brown stain and the headline, “Another leak is found!”

Matthias Kopp, spokesman for the German Bishops’ Conference said was an infringement of Benedict’s personal rights and was illegal. The magazine had overstepped “any acceptable mark” with the pictures, he said.

But Titanic editor Leo Fischer said he was pursuing personal contact with the pontiff and was prepared to fight the case all the way through the courts.

The German Press Council said on Tuesday afternoon that it had received one complaint from a reader about the picture.

The last time the Vatican took legal action against the Titanic was in 2010 when it complained against a cover which showed a Catholic priest kneeling in front of a crucified Jesus – who was blushing.

That cover, which referred to the sex abuse scandals in the church, provoked around 200 complaints to the Press Council, which nonetheless decided not to take action.

An initial statement from the magazine quoted Fischer saying, “Benedict must have misunderstood us.”

He suggested that the cover showed the pope, “who was celebrating after the leak affair was solved and in his excitement has spilled a glass of lemonade over his cassock.”

The "Vatileaks" scandal has seen whistleblowers copying and leaking private documents straight from Benedict's desk, causing deep embarrassment to the Vatican.

The leaked documents shed light on many Vatican secrets, including the Church's tax problems, paedophile priest scandals and negotiations with hardline traditionalist rebels.

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18:11 July 10, 2012 by Englishted
Why did you change the headline? scared?
19:37 July 10, 2012 by MydogMax
I'm scared this guy looks so evil !
20:32 July 10, 2012 by romber58
@ TITANIC

I hereby do solomnly swear that i will never again blanketly accuse Germans of not having a sense of humour and moreover that i I will faithfully buy the magazine from now on Hehehe..Great stuff!
22:18 July 10, 2012 by wood artist
When you publicly claim to be God's official representative on Earth, and similarly claim to be infallible, you're likely going to take some heat when you prove to be neither...repeatedly. If you can't stand the heat, move out of the kitchen. Or...using the example of your church's founder, take the heat. After all, he reported took the heat for you.

wa
23:12 July 10, 2012 by iseedaftpeople
oh, who cares what a senile old git thinks who can't take a joke, let alone comprehend satire.
02:55 July 11, 2012 by Eastard
Disappointing views from Germans over the beliefs of others. One does not have to be Catholic to have respect for their leaders... Lack of respect is a sign of decline.. Some things do matter in a world where we all act like we have it all figures out... I am not Catholic and I often have issue with that they have done BUT I find no glory in defiling their beliefs...
03:53 July 11, 2012 by romber58
@Eastard

Why do you assume that we are German?
06:31 July 11, 2012 by wood artist
@Eastard I'm not German, and while I don't agree with the beliefs of many religions, I don't have a problem with them believing them. However, I DO have a problem with actions, especially illegal actions.

Pedophilia is illegal in almost every country in the world, and yet the greatest organization of Pedophiles is run by this guy, and not only do they know about it, they have continually lied about it and protected members of their organization who indulge in it. They have continually refused to make any attempt to cooperate with legal authorities charged with enforcing those laws.

Now they have been "outed" all over the world, and paid billions in damages. They have avoided a lot of criminal prosecution solely because of various statutes of limitation.

In short, I can respect their right to believe almost anything. I CANNOT and WILL NOT respect their claim of being above the law, nor their knowingly flaunting the most basic of human rights. Considering their claims of self-righteousness, that's about as hypocritical as a human can be. I will respect their leaders when they demonstrate they deserve some respect...and lately they've done everything possible to show they don't deserve it.

wa
08:08 July 11, 2012 by TheWonderer
Well, difficult.

On one hand, there is the respect for other cultures, religions, believes, ...

You should not mess with those.

On the other hand, there is the freedom of speech, the freedom of art (satire can fall under that, too) and -above all- the Roman Catholic's Church claim to be leading and the Pope to be infailable whilst at the same time being unable to clarify cases of misuse and abuse...

By suing TITANIC, he helps them to get publicity and even promotes the article - after all, most of us would never have heard about it without his action.

Sometimes it is better "not even to ignore things..."

The Wonderer
13:19 July 11, 2012 by danceswithgoats
Note to self: Satire of Muhammed - insensitive, racist, Islamophobic and will not be tolerated by main stream media or the political class. Satire of the Pope - good and acceptable.

Interesting how anything to do with the Catholic Church is quickly written off as "Well they deserve it. What about the sex abuse scandal?" At the same time the Church operates thousands of clinics, hospitals and schools that in many cases serve the poorest of the poor and the most deserving all over the world. No credit for that. The baby is thrown out with the bathwater.
17:10 July 11, 2012 by romber58
Note to danceswithgoats

You are correct in pointing out the cowardice of the media in not having the courage to satirize the absurd claims of Islam.

A little country in Europe printed cartoons (remember) while the great U,S A, didnt dare even to reprint them while reporting on the story.

It is a very lame and disingenuous argument to write about the good work that individuals may do for other people as if that cancelled out in some measuring-scale way the disgusting crimes of the church world wide.

I imagine this way of thinking to be exactly the one that the hierarchy in Rome hope will prevail.
17:18 July 11, 2012 by William Thirteen
yellow journalism at its best!
13:57 July 12, 2012 by danceswithgoats
Note to romber58

Let me get this straight. Individuals do good work but the Church commits disgusting crimes? You can't have it both ways. Individuals are doing good works and commiting crimes. They are all the Church. You can't just write off the bad and not the good.
20:32 July 12, 2012 by romber58
@danceswithgoats

There is an enormous difference between good.minded people on the ground doing good works and an institution which makes such high moral claims for itself(,not least the claim to be in possession of THE TRUTH) abusing its position and standing to rape children and also to try to cover it up.
00:47 July 13, 2012 by dj000
Mathew 16: 18 "Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means 'rock'), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it"

For the last 2000 years there were several attempts to malign the church from within and from outside (including media like Local). There were even scandals where Pope were involved, but church remained strong all these years. Is there a country or an institution that survived so long?

Keep doing hate -spreading journalism and try the best as long as this generation passes away. Btw, don't dare to cover anything about Islam and Imams, it will be racist,, insensitive and islamophobic

Use journalism to spread peace and love . Our present world desperately needs it.
03:52 July 13, 2012 by Eastard
There are thousands of religious leaders working for the Catholic Church that are not sex offenders... I find it difficult to understand the tollerance but knowing they are forgiveness oriented and two thousand years old I can see some inability to affectlvely deal with this human sexual behaviour... These are folks that have Imaculate Conception as a basic belief... I argue that defiling their leader ... the pope.... is a zero gain poor judgement article... The idea that nothing matters in the press's use of its forum is also poor judgement... One can critisze without ridicule...
14:36 July 13, 2012 by keeps71
Watch this and then tell me the Catholic church or any religion deserves exemption from derision. http://youtu.be/0kuzYwzGoXw "The main source of hatred in the world is religion. It should be treated with ridicule and hatred and contempt." Faith is not a virtue.
18:46 July 14, 2012 by lordkorner
Apparently the Pope uses incontinence pads,maybe that is was why he was so upset ,he shouldn't be, lots of old men share his plight.
13:51 July 19, 2012 by zydur
If you give clerics more reference than car salesmen, faith has clouded your mind.
02:47 July 23, 2012 by headtinkler
>This is really a setback ! With all the Perp-ing his Clan has been up to and all the recent lawsuits; it seems that his robe was quite appropriate !
04:07 July 29, 2012 by bendergazos
Some of the comments, are "zum kotzen". Who owns the TITANIC? Most likely those who have an interest to denigrate the POPE, the CATHOLIC CHURCH, in order to deflect attention of the terrible thing that are occuring in the middle east. The world is in this sorry state due to disrespect instilled in the populace since the WW2, disrespect to parents, religion, authorities, properties ect.
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