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Church vs Church 2006-07-22

Posted by clype in Intolerance.
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[Picture of Charlotte Church]One of the world’s largest Roman Christian publishing houses has refused to sell any works by Ms.Charlotte Church after she called German-born Pope Benedict-16 a ‘Nazi’.

The directors of US American based Ignatius Press were offended when the Welsh singer mocked The Church in the pilot of her forthcoming eight-part Channel 4 television chat show.

Ms.Church, dubbed the ‘voice of an angel’ before she turned her talents to popular music, also dressed up as a nun and pretended to hallucinate while eating communion wafers imprinted with Ecstasy smiling faces.

She smashed open a statue of The Virgin Mary to reveal a can of cider inside, said she worshipped St.Fortified Wine, and stuck chewing gum on a statue of the child Jesus.

Now ‘Ignatius Press’, a company considered a ‘Catholic Amazon’ because of the vast range of books, DVDs, cassettes and videos it sells on-line, has announced that Ms.Church’s products have been withdrawn from its website and catalogue. The company said:

‘It is with regret that we do this. Ms.Church possesses a great gift from God, and in the past she has used her talents to offer praise and glory to Our Lord.

‘But we cannot stand by a young woman who uses her stature in the media to mock The Eucharist, slander the Holy Father, and denigrate the vows of religious women,’ it continued.

‘Therefore, our catalogues and website will immediately withdraw all compact discs, cassette tapes, DVDs and VHS tapes that feature Ms.Church. Please join us in praying for this troubled young woman,’ they added.

  • Ms.Church, 20, was raised a Roman Christian and sang for Pope John Paul-2 at ‘The Vatican’ at the age of 12-years-old.

But she made clear her dislike for Bavarian-born Pope Benedict-16, 79, shortly after it was reported that he considered the ‘Harry Potter’ books as ‘subtle seductions’ capable of corrupting young Christians. Ms.Church has read the entire J.K. Rowling collection.

The pilot for ‘The All New Charlotte Church Show’ was filmed before a live studio audience last week. The show to be broadcast this autumn by Channel 4 will be scheduled as a peak-time Friday night rival to Mr.Jonathan Ross’s chat show on BBC 1.

And it is likely to be just as controversial. During the pilot show, Ms.Church also referred to actress Ms.Keira Knightley as a ‘scrawny bird’ and said Ms.Victoria Beckham was as ‘thick as two short planks’.

‘Ignatius Press’ is the world’s primary English-language publisher of the writings of Pope Benedict-16. As Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the company had exclusive rights to his works, and has published 25 books by him.

But after his election as Pontiff in April last year, Pope Benedict-16 transferred the copyright for his works to ‘The Vatican’s’ own publishing house, ‘Libreria Editrice Vaticana’.

‘Ignatius Press’ was founded by Fr.Joseph Fessio, a Californian Jesuit who studied under the pope at the University of Regensburg in Germany in the 1970s and who continues to be a close friend.

  • Pope Benedict-16, the son of a German policeman who was opposed to Nazism, was forced into the Hitler Youth as a child and during the Second World War he served briefly on an anti-aircraft battery.

[Picture of Pope Benedict-16]In May, he forcefully denounced the crimes of his country’s Nazi past when he visited the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp during a visit to Poland.

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