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Risqué Xmas Ad Sparks Anger

Catholics offended by Anglican church billboard
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2009 3:50 AM CST
Risqué Xmas Ad Sparks Anger

(Newser) – A New Zealand Anglican vicar trying to be funny by putting a sheepish Joseph naked in bed with Mary on a billboard has infuriated Catholics. "Poor Joseph, God was a hard act to follow," reads the ad. The idea "was to lampoon and ridicule the idea of a male God in the sky who somehow impregnated Mary,” Archdeacon Glynn Cardy told the Times of London.

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But Catholics were not amused. The Auckland Catholic diocese called the billboard disrespectful and offensive. “Our Christian tradition of 2,000 years is that Mary remains a virgin and that Jesus is the son of God, not Joseph,” said a diocesan official. Cardy's liberal St. Matthew's church comes up with a different billboard every Christmas. One proposal this year featured Jesus as a glowing sperm under the words "Joy to the World." But that was considered too risqué. (Read more religion stories.)

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