Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Catholics angered by art museum's embrace of condom portrait of pope

By Annysa Johnson
Niki Johnson's artwork, "Eggs Benedict,"
WISCONSIN---The decision by the Milwaukee Art Museum to acquire and prominently display a controversial portrait of Pope Benedict XVI fashioned from 17,000 colored condoms has created outrage among Catholics and others who see it as profoundly disrespectful, even blasphemous. Titled "Eggs Benedict," it was inspired by comments made by the pope during a 2009 visit to Africa in which he suggested that the use of condoms could exacerbate the spread of AIDS. The museum acquired the portrait from local philanthropist and gay rights advocate Joseph Pabst, who purchased it for about $25,000 and donated it to the institution. [link]