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Singapore: company apologizes to prelate for offensive advertisement

Catholic World News - April 05, 2012

Archbishop Nicholas Chia of Singapore has accepted an apology from Creative Insurgence, an event management company that had planned to host a dance party in a former convent on Holy Saturday evening. An advertisement for the party portrayed a woman with a wimple and revealing clothing.

After Archbishop Chia decried the event, the director of Creative Insurgence apologized.

“We’ve used this opportunity to express how deeply remorseful we are for the all the upset we’ve caused to the Catholic community in the days leading up to their most holy of weekends,” said Aaghir Yadav. “We never intended to offend or mock the Catholic faith and chapel--and are very sorry for the poor judgment we’ve displayed in our marketing decisions.”

Police are investigating the incident: the nation’s Sedition Act forbids “promot[ing] feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races or classes of the population of Singapore.”

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