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Publisher owned by German dioceses markets 2,500 erotic books

Catholic World News - November 07, 2011

Weltbild, a major German publishing house owned by the German bishops’ conference and various dioceses, has marketed some 2,500 erotic works. While Weltbild has denied that the works meet the legal definition of pornography, the bishops pledged to “put a stop to the distribution of possibly pornographic content in the future.’

“The sudden proclaimed astonishment of many Church leaders that pornographic material is being distributed by their publishing house, is play acting--bad play acting,” said Bernhard Müller, editor of PUR, a German Catholic magazine. “Believers have been complaining to their bishops about this for years.”

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  • Posted by: JR - Nov. 07, 2011 8:03 PM ET USA

    Pope Benedict, some German episcopal behinds need an immediate pontifical kicking.

  • Posted by: skladach - Nov. 07, 2011 12:37 PM ET USA

    The Catholic Church is Germany is so well funded by the national church tax that it supports a huge bureaucracy. So there was no urgent need to make money by publishing soft porn. This is not what Our Lord meant when He said, "Let not your right hand know what your left is doing." Who appointed the publisher who would "diversify" a publishing house like that? Who taught moral theology to the bishops who would appoint such a publisher? Ideas have consequences!

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