Pope sues German magazine over Vatileaks cover

Source: The Telegraph

The Pope has taken a German satirical magazine to court over a front cover that pictured the pontiff with a yellow stain down the front of his hassock.

Pope Benedict has asked a law firm to take action against Titanic magazine, which used the cover to introduce a story on the “Vatileaks” scandal. The cover picture features the Pope with a crotch-height yellow stain on his white hassock accompanied by the headline “Hallelujah in the Vatican: the leak has been found”.

The back of the magazine features a picture of the Pope taken from the rear with a brown stain along with a headline “Another Leak Found.”

Matthias Kopp, spokesman for the German Bishop’s Conference, told the magazine Spiegel that the Vatican had hired a Bonn law firm to take action in the name of the Pope, adding that the Titanic cover “oversteps every level of decency”.

A Hamburg court has already banned the publishers of the magazine from further sales of the Pope edition and has forbidden the company on penalty of a fine from using the images of the apparently soiled pontiff on the internet.

Leo Fischer, Titanic’s editor, described the court ruling a “huge mistake”.


One Comment on “Pope sues German magazine over Vatileaks cover”

  1. Zia H. Shah
    July 12, 2012 at 12:37 am #

    Perhaps anti-slander and similar laws should be used against the more virulent and obnoxious Islamophobe writers and media who cover them. Of course, laws should not discriminate between a Muslim holy person or a Christian Pontiff or a Rabbi.

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