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Repentant Catholics drop erotica publisher

The Local · 22 Nov 2011, 14:48

Published: 22 Nov 2011 14:48 GMT+01:00

The bishops have ordered the company’s executives to find a buyer for the publisher “without any delay,” a statement said on Tuesday. It had been impossible to “adequately restrict the internet-supported dissemination and production of media that contradicted the ideals of the shareholders.”

The Church has faced a storm of criticism in recent weeks over a number of erotic and esoteric titles published by Weltbild. The row erupted following a report in a publishers’ trade magazine in October, which found that searching the keyword “Erotik” on Weltbild’s website turned up more than 2,500 results, including the erotic novels Schlampen-Internat (“Sluts’ Boarding School”) and Anwaltshure (“Lawyer's Whore”).

The Church reacted by saying it would stop the further “sale of potentially pornographic content,” and a search for “Erotik” on the website no longer produces any results, but it has now taken the more drastic measure of selling its stake altogether.

Pope Benedict XVI indirectly addressed the row earlier this month, when during a reception for the new German ambassador to the Vatican, he said it was time to “energetically limit the dissemination of pornographic or erotic content, especially via the internet.”

“We cannot earn money during the week with what we preach against on Sundays,” German Cardinal Joachim Meisner told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper. Meisner has been long-term critic of the publisher, and his diocese sold its Weltbild shares in 2008.

Weltbild is one of Germany’s biggest book publishing houses, and owns or part-owns many of Germany’s high street bookshops, including Hugendubel and Jokers. At the moment, 12 of Germany’s 27 Catholic dioceses plus the pastoral care service for the military in Berlin own just over 24 percent of the shares in Weltbild.

The company has an annual turnover of €1.6 billion.

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Your comments about this article

21:02 November 22, 2011 by lumberjack
Any books on the clergy and pedophilia?
14:31 November 23, 2011 by LecteurX
Woof! Woof! Slurp! Sluuuurp!, goes Pavlov's dog.
21:18 November 25, 2011 by parografik
Sounds good, see you at bingo on Wed night.
00:08 November 26, 2011 by PierceArrow
It is about time that the German Catholic leaders cut their ties with a porn publisher.

Usually, it has been the liberal Catholic priests and church leaders; who defy Catholic teachings and support abortion, easy divorce, and the gay agenda; who have been the perpetrators of the child abuse and the cover-ups. Did you know that some of the child-abusing priests in Massachusetts even openly sympathized with NAMBLA?
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