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UK Removes Ice Cream Ads Mocking Catholicism Ahead of Pope Visit: Pregnant Nun to Be Replaced by Lustful Priests?


As you may know, Pope Benedict is making a visit to the UK this week.

In advance of his visit, the UK's Advertising Standards Authority has ordered the removal of a poster ad from Antoio Federici Ice Cream featuring a pregnant nun, the BBC reports:

"Antonio Federici's advert showed a pregnant nun eating ice cream in a church, together with the strap line 'immaculately conceived'. The Advertising Standards Authority has ordered it to be discontinued, saying it mocked Roman Catholic beliefs. Antonio Federici says it will now put up new posters near Westminster Abbey. Pope Benedict XVI will visit Westminster Abbey on Friday, before holding Mass at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday. Antonio Federici, a UK-based company, has yet to reveal what image will be portrayed in the new advert, saying only that it would be 'a continuation of the theme'. Continue reading the main story Papal Visit Strength of the Catholic Church Papal visit memorabilia Who would be a priest? Cardinal Newman's 'miracle cure' A spokeswoman for the company said the new image intended to 'defy' the ban from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA)."

Wonder if the new image will be the one up top from the same series, of two priests about to swap spit? I assume that's why they "believe in salivation."

Check out the nun poster, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. That the UK's Advertising Standards Authority would order the ad of the pregnant nun be removed is really ridiculous. Is mocking the Roman Catholic church somehow illegal in the UK?

    Posted by: Uluwehi | Sep 15, 2010 3:24:32 PM

  2. The most truthful ad they could put up would be a Catholic priest approaching a ten year old. And he wouldn't be offering ice cream.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Sep 15, 2010 3:28:24 PM

  3. But they'll be offering something to lick, joe.

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 15, 2010 3:38:32 PM

  4. The UK is becoming wonderfully Orwellian these days. Everything needs pre-approval.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 15, 2010 5:01:21 PM

  5. The 2 priests poster might be understood to advocate Anglican/Roman reunion. The priest on the left appears to be wearing an Anglican cassock, his partner a button-up-the-front Roman style. THAT should cause more stir than anything else, given that some of Der Heilige Father's cohort have invited the English heretics back into the fold.

    Posted by: CoMo'mo | Sep 15, 2010 5:26:53 PM

  6. Can't wait until papanazi arrives in London on Saturday. Im going a-protesting!!!

    Posted by: Beats | Sep 15, 2010 5:28:36 PM

  7. Every time Andy posts something like this, I always find so many people ready to rise up in a wave of anti-catholic posts. If they produced posters like this mocking Islam, I don't think people would be as happy to support them. Maybe I'm wrong, and everyone who posts hateful messages about the catholic church is open to anti-religious hate in general. Either way, it's sad to see so many people ready to hate on any group of people.

    Posted by: Rainbowcatholic | Sep 15, 2010 6:44:14 PM

  8. Um, RBCatholic, do you think there might be reasons why that might be? Or do you think it is just random dislike of the Catholic church? I think you know which choice is correct.

    Posted by: PDX Guy | Sep 15, 2010 6:57:59 PM

  9. They're probably disrespectful and all (I'm Jewish--what do I know from Catholics?)--but the one with the two priests is fuckin' hot.

    Posted by: Anon | Sep 15, 2010 7:45:27 PM

  10. Channel 4 News had an interesting piece on the UK paedo priest story tonight. In 2001, a senior judge, Lord Nolan, completed an investigation into the problem in the church in England & Wales and concluded that it was essential that when a priest was convicted of a 'serious' crime against children (a jail term of 1 year the benchmark), they should be expelled from the priesthood - laicisation.

    An investigation showed that 22 priests have served jail sentences of more than 1 year since 2001 and NONE of them have been stripped of the priestly superpowers. In fact one of them is still referred to by the honorific of Monsignor in the directory of Catholic priests in England & Wales.

    The Catholic apologist who appeared on the programme to defend the situation claimed that the Bishops had made the request for laicisation, but it was then in the Vatican's court. Because canon law is more important that natural justice, obviously.

    Channel 4 News story here:

    Posted by: Graham Anderson | Sep 15, 2010 7:57:43 PM

  11. Oh, and apparently the UK is a "Third World country" too.

    Telegraph: Cardinal pulls out of Pope's tour of 'Third World' Britain

    Posted by: Graham Anderson | Sep 15, 2010 8:01:12 PM

  12. I love those ads - I guess they're subversive enough to get the heart racing (plus, those priests are smokin hot!)....!

    Too bad noone here has the stones to run such ads, I think the hysteria would be a hoot ("International Burn-Down-The-Ice-Cream-Store-Day", anyone?)....

    Disrespectful? Nah. Playful, cheeky at worst (for the first time, an ice cream ad that actually makes you feel *hotter*)...8-)

    Posted by: Terrance | Sep 15, 2010 8:02:48 PM

  13. I think an ad attempting to point out something or be satirical is completely acceptable even in the case of Islam. The people who have the real problem are the ones that resort to hypocrisy and violence when their beliefs are used against them or in a tonuge in cheek way.

    Posted by: Lazlo | Sep 15, 2010 8:09:20 PM

  14. RBCatholic:

    Same reason you'll never see "edgy" Madonna ever criticize the stoning and forced circumcision of women in Muslin countries. That knife pounded in one's chest while walking on the street can really ruin one's day...

    Posted by: Tom | Sep 15, 2010 10:15:54 PM

  15. Rainbowcatholic...there is a definite anticatholic bias in critique of catholicism. But, you can't deny that it's not justified in light of the antigay record of the catholic church, and the sex abuse scandal and coverup. The anticatholic bias is founded in the fact that sexual abuse of minors is just as rampant in protestant denominations (if not more), but they happen to be mostly about girls, and not boys. And, of course, girls aren't valued as much in popular culture. Pedophilia in that context flirts with "natural" and therefore tolerable for the degenerates who promote the myth.

    As an atheist, I have absolutely no concern with such a bias, though. I say let these faiths destroy each other. It makes for good sport....though, of course, it's unethical...but there's nothing anyone can do to stop the wheel of history from inevitably determining that superstitions will collide with harmful consequences to humans in terms of quality and quantity.

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 15, 2010 10:40:21 PM

  16. WHY would the Pope make a big state visit to a Protestant country? I mean the Queen is not only the head of state but is also the titular head of the Church of England and Anglican Church. The UK effectively has an official state religion. All British taxpayers pay to support the Anglican Church regardless if they're atheist, agnostic, Muslim, Jewish, Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, etc., The hereditary head of state, the monarch, by law can not be a Roman Catholic and must be Anglican. The whole thing is bizarre in AD 2010.

    The same thing can be said to a degree with other British Commonwealth nations like Australia and Canada, where the Queen is head of state; a hereditary head of state who must follow laws that specifically discriminate against non-believers, non-Anglicans. Again, the whole thing is bizarre.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Sep 15, 2010 10:51:34 PM

  17. If this were a racist poster, it would be battling several lawsuits and their would be featured on the news internationally. So why should this kind of thing against a religion be okay? It is publicizing falsehoods about a religious group. It's almost like the propaganda the Germans used against the Jews during WWII.

    Posted by: Walker | Sep 15, 2010 10:55:11 PM

  18. What falsehood is being publicized? That priests can be sexually attracted to adults too? The poster isn't racist, the poster isn't defaming anybody, it isn't even negative in its tone. It's a joke, to sell ice cream. Not exterminate a race.

    However, it is my own personal belief that it *should* be acceptable to criticize somebody for their religion, and not their race, for the very reason that religion is pretty much the only thing a person actually has a choice over. You aren't *born* Catholic, or Muslim, it's a system of beliefs. Some of which are shitty. People should be allowed to say that without being accused of being like the Nazis.

    Posted by: Ryan | Sep 15, 2010 11:07:54 PM

  19. I don't have any problem with people protesting the Pope's visit in the UK, that's fair. I have issue with the fact England and the UK in general have an official state sponsored religion and a discrimination based hereditary head of state who is also the nominal head of said state sponsored religion. This is unacceptable for a modern democracy by 2010 standards IMO. The Brits have a perfect right to protest and mock others regarding religion and religious ideology, but of course they themselves are far from squeaky clean on these issues. At least the U.S. (who MANY Brits really get off on ridiculing and mocking for alleged discrimination and high level of Christian believers) doesn't have and never has had an officially sponsored state religion, it's head of state is not the nominal or titular head of a state sponsored religion or any other religion, and is not head of state by virtue of heredity and blatantly discriminatory practices.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Sep 15, 2010 11:19:03 PM

  20. No one's pointed out the stupidest part of the pregnant nun ad: it perpetuates the incorrect belief that the "Immaculate Conception" is the Virgin Mary becoming pregnant with Jesus. That would be the Virgin Birth. MARY was conceived in an immaculate (i.e. "pure") conception — and as a result is considered to be the only person ever born without original sin. Am I the only person with Google????

    Posted by: David | Sep 16, 2010 12:19:56 AM

  21. These ads are hate mongering. Sad to see Towleroad readers joining the hate.

    Posted by: Alan | Sep 16, 2010 2:17:45 AM

  22. How exactly are these ads hate mongering, alan? Are you a fanatic?

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 16, 2010 3:45:03 AM

  23. What about our 'freedom of speech'??

    Instead of telling us how we should think and when to think it, our country should be encouraging us to think for ourselves, to be able to communicate out thoughts and views without being criticized.
    So it's ok for Catholics to say that they stand by their Priests and support them, but not ok for us to say that actually its repulsing and disgraceful how some of the Priests have acted and that we won't stand for it in our community?

    Posted by: annabanana | Sep 16, 2010 4:02:30 AM

  24. The UK doesn't have "freedom of speech" marked down on their law books, unlike the United States does with its Constitution.

    In the UK, any type of hate speech is banned.

    This is one instance where I'm glad to be an American.

    The UK is just backwards.

    Posted by: Al | Sep 16, 2010 4:15:49 AM

  25. "Same reason you'll never see "edgy" Madonna ever criticize the stoning and forced circumcision of women in Muslin countries. "

    First of all, it's "MusliM". Second, Madonna speaks from experience. She was brought up on Catholicism, not Islam. She's defying a religion that was forced upon her as a child.

    Next question...

    Posted by: Al | Sep 16, 2010 4:19:55 AM

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