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Pope sues German magazine over Vatileaks cover

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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”.

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Posted by on July 11, 2012. Filed under Europe,Germany. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

One Response to 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.