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Pope portrayed as a Nazi paedophile by Dutch artist

IT looks for all the world like a fridge-freezer conceived by Picasso, but the exhibit below depicts the Pope as a Nazi paedophile, and some folk ain’t happy with it.

The controversial sculpture. Inset is the Swastika-style cross

Commenting on “The Holy Truth”, an abstract work by 70-year-old Dutch artist Jeff van Weereld which has been unveiled at the Eden Court Theatre in Inverness, Scottish MSP Dave Thompson said he thought the artist had misunderstood the Christian faith, which he said was about:

Loving others as we love ourselves.

In sore need of a reality check, Thompson said freedom of artistic expression and the right of people to have views was something to be valued but added:

I think we have to be very careful we don’t use that to cross certain lines which could deliberately provoke people and insult them. And this sculpture appears to be particularly provocative and distressing. Although the installation is abstract, and it may not be obvious what it is supposed to depict, the sculptor’s explanation becomes part of the work of art.

Jeff van Weereld’s explanation his piece is:

There are four symbolisms in the sculpture, which are all based on fact – although some are dusted over by the Church. There is high incidence of paedophilia, the Pope did spend a good part of his formative years in the Hitlerjugend and the Wehrmacht, the Church is friendly to the outside, but not necessarily within the hierarchy and they do tend to cover up things.

The sculpture is a three-and-a-half metre tall stylised image of the Ratzinger in a state of sexual arousal with his hand firmly on the shoulder of two little boys. It has also been embellished with a Swastika-style crucifix.

Less controversial but nevertheless bound to grate the religiously-sensitive is the Cheesus Christ Cheese Grater, currently on sale for £3.99 at Find Me a Gift.com.

The sales pitch reads:

If you’re after some fun novelty kitchen accessories the Cheesus Christ Grater has to be one of the cheesiest kitchen gifts around! This stainless steel novelty cheese grater will tear strips off all your cheeses, with holy-arious aplomb! Yes, as you’ve probably gathered, there’s more to this grater than just holes and that is that it bears the face of ‘Jesus’. Is it an apparition or a sign from above? No, we have to confess it’s simply down to laser etching technology!

It adds:

But hey, this grate gift means no harm, well except to cheeses that is! It will superbly turn blocks of cheeses into mounds of marvellously grated up, um, well, cheese, to feed the thousands of cheese loving masses! The packaging will make you smile too as it features a hilarious cheesyfied dedication to honour the existence of cheese. This glorious Cheesus is the saviour of cheese graters and will deliver your favourite cheeses from rusty evil graters forevermore!

The ‘prayer’ on the back of the pack reads:

Our Cheese in heaven, halloumi be your name.

Your tangy taste, we will not waste,

on Earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily brie.

Forgive us our stilton,

as we forgive those who stilton against us.

Lead us not into cheese slices, but deliver us from cheddar.

For the glory of the dairy, the curds and the whey are yours.

Now and forever.

Edam.

Commented one satisfied buyer:

Soo funny I nearly peed myself lol

Hat tip: Angela K (Scottish report) and Linda Sage

 

21 Responses to “Pope portrayed as a Nazi paedophile by Dutch artist”

  1. Rudi Preston says:

    I do really hate this denial of history that xtians seem to constantly take part in. Fine they believe that a myth happened, I can argue against it but in the end I probably won’t change their minds. However things that we know happened such as the crusades, the inquisiton, the refamation, too more recent history such as the subject matter of the art. Ratty did help cover up peadophilia in the church and the church itself never withdrew support the Nazi’s (the issue of him being part of the army itself is a thorny one for me as only he can say whether he agreed with the policies at the time and many did not. Although I do think that he was probably fine with it considering how he is now). So saying xtianity is a religion all about loving overs as you love youself is a ridiculous piece of genocide denial!! Bah rant over, on the plus side today the Americans proved themselves to not be entirely crazy.

  2. David Anderson says:

    Truth hurts, other things just grate.

  3. barriejohn says:

    This is from the Mail, but the sources seem reliable. It was also in the news recently for some reason.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1373571/The-perfect-pitiless-Nazi–Soldiers-interviews-reveal-German-troops-driven-bloodlust-killed-fun.html

  4. Stonyground says:

    The fact that the word cheeses sounds like Jesus has endless possibilities. I really love the music of JS Bach. Because of the time period that he was born into, much of his music is highly religious. This causes a conflict inside my head. I really love cheese, so I can now enjoy ‘Cheeses joy of man’s desiring’ without worrying.

    Regarding the artwork. I think that I would prefer that he had drawn attention to the fact that the RCC climbed into bed with the Nazis in the nineteen forties and then, in the twenty- noughty’s, Ratty tried to pin the blame for the Holocaust on the atheists. There exists a persistent meme, among religious types, that the Nazis must have been atheists because they were such bad people. In fact Hitler was a Catholic and his foot soldiers were almost all Christians, mostly Catholic or Lutherian.

    Anyone who frequents comment threads that deal with religious matters will know that responding to the claim that Hitler was an atheist is like playing whackamole.

  5. AgentCormac says:

    ‘I think it was ‘Blessed are the cheesemakers”

    ‘What’s so special about the cheesemakers?’

    ‘Well, obviously it’s not meant to be taken literally; it refers to any manufacturers of dairy products.’

  6. Matt Westwood says:

    Jesus and Mo:

    Mo: “Jesus fucking Christ!”
    J: “I do wish you wouldn’t swear like that. It makes me feel uncomfortable.”
    Mo: “But I just knocked an entire plate of grated Stilton and Cheddar onto the kitchen floor!”
    J: “Well, clear it up then!”

    Mo: “Cheeses swept.”

  7. Trevor Blake says:

    Christians around the world will soon be rioting, setting police stations on fire, shooting and stampeding each other, and a multi-million dollar bounty will be put on the artist’s head.

    I am thinking of the correct religion, aren’t I? Or was it the Daoists? Mennonites?

  8. JohnMWhite says:

    Christianity is not about loving others as one loves themselves. It it about feeling superior to gays and womenfolk. I wish it were more complicated than that but it seems to be the only expression of faith they really bother to defend. That and wearing implements of torturous execution around their necks.

  9. tony e says:

    Stonyground,

    The christians can try to weasel around the facts, but Hitler is one of theirs.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHYmYzTjPpw&feature=related

  10. Georgina says:

    @Rudi Preston
    Why should they admit to a bad history? They won’t even admit to current crimes (witch hunts, exorcism, faith healing), which all cause suffering.
    And thanks to the violence of the ‘offended’, soon all superstition will be legally protected.

    Christianity: Raising a good example to godhood to avoid the necessity of emulation.

  11. barriejohn says:

    The answer to the question “Was Hitler a Catholic?” is, as C E M Joad would have said: “It all depends what you mean by a Catholic”. He was baptized and brought up as a Catholic, and never excommunicated, but he ceased to practise his faith quite early on. Unfortunately, a lot of his statements (on many matters) are rather contradictory and imprecise (he deliberatley led people on), but he seems not to have believed in any personal god, but rather in an impersonal Fate or Providence. He also seems to have despised anyone with a “simple faith”. However, the Church thought that they could use Hitler, as did many political conservatives, whereas HE was using them. He particularly liked Protestantism, with its strong emphasis on self-discipline, the family and the work ethic, which he thought would strengthen the nation and help achieve his aims. There is no doubt that many conservative Christians, and the Catholic Church especially, were strong suppporters and enablers of the Nazis and Fascists – and that support continued long after the War, when criminals were attempting to evade capture.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_Hitler%27s_religious_views

  12. barriejohn says:

    I do realize that I’ve posted this link before, but it’s as good as it gets!

    http://www.highstrangeness.tv/articles/catholics.php

  13. The Woggler says:

    barriejohn – The Nazi’s relationship with Catholicism during the war is indeed complicated. From what I’ve read, Catholics in Poland suffered similar persecution to the Jews.

    However, I do not believe Hitler himself was an atheist.

  14. barriejohn says:

    Woggler: Most likely a deist – but that term in itself cannot give a precise definition of what any person actually believes.

  15. Bubblecar says:

    All great fun, and I’m in full agreement with this artwork, but it’s a little ironic that we can all have a good sneer at the Catholic Church and its paedophile record, but when I turn the same spotlight on another fascist, child-abusing organisation – the Scouts – I’m told to “go away and die” and “fuck off you fascist cunt”, in these very pages.

  16. barriejohn says:

    Bubblecar: Whilst the Scouts have notoriously been linked to child abuse cases, it is a very different organization to the church. Doubtless, attempts were made to cover up cases of child abuse over the years, but not on the insitutional level of the Catholic Church. And it was only one person, I believe, who made those rather silly remarks (best ignored!).

  17. Bubblecar says:

    barriejohn: “Whilst the Scouts have notoriously been linked to child abuse cases, it is a very different organization to the church. Doubtless, attempts were made to cover up cases of child abuse over the years, but not on the insitutional level of the Catholic Church”

    Take a look at the investigation going on into the Scouts in the US. Cover-ups were more or less standard procedure. Thousands of kids were abused. All priority was given to avoiding adverse publicity. It’s likely the situation has been much the same in most countries.

    “And it was only one person, I believe, who made those rather silly remarks (best ignored!)”

    Yes, one deranged “macho” hetero scumbag.

  18. barriejohn says:

    Bubblecar: I don’t think that sort of thing has been widespread amongst British scouts, but I don’t want to resurrect that debate again. And if you resort to insults as well you’re only going to inflame the situation!

  19. RabbitOnAStick says:

    Re: this from BARRIEJOHN
    “There is no doubt ……. the Catholic Church especially, were strong suppporters and enablers of the Nazis and Fascists – and that support continued long after the War, when criminals were attempting to evade capture.”

    Is beyond all doubt.

    The Vatican was the very first ‘state’ to enter into an agreement with the Nazis when they came to power, to allow them (RC) freedom to practice RC faith and so the attention was undeniably centred on the jews. They connived in that issue too. There is a lot of evidence that the cafflick church helped many many nazis get to cafflick South America especially Argentina – a country that doesn’t appear to have stopped their agenda of, or form of national socialism.

  20. charlie says:

    Well, how about this? Finally some real fun gift that combines ones’ liking of cheese with religion. How “grate” it is to be able to enjoy good food along with my desire to have cheeses added to my meals. Undoubtedly, this will make a “grate” gift for my religious friends and relatives. Now, if only I could get them all a true sense of humor.
    Cheesus saves, yes, by placing the “left over” grated cheese into a storage bag and refrigerate. And for those high “holy” days, how about a bit of grated Swiss?