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Pittsburgh bishop protests blasphemous display at Carnegie-Mellon campus

May 01, 2013

Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh has condemned a blasphemous display on the campus of Carnegie-Mellon University, and asked the school’s administrators to look into the incident.

At a campus parade sponsored by the Carnegie-Mellon art department, a female undergraduate marched wearing a costume meant to resemble that of the Pope, while naked from the waist down. She distributed condoms along the parade route.

Bishop Zubik said that the display showed contempt for Catholics. "It is offensive to me and the Church that I represent,” he said.

The administration of Carnegie-Mellon responded with a public statement: “We are continuing our review of the incident. If our community standards or laws were violated, we will take appropriate action.”


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  • Posted by: jacquebquique5708 - May. 02, 2013 12:50 PM ET USA

    According to the U.S. Supreme Court, pornography is based on the "standards of the community". I wonder if the administration at Carnegie-Mellon would allow a female student to attend class in the buff. The same should be true on the campus at large. The idea is to hide behind the creativity of art. There are many famous nudes in the art world. However, this is pornography based on community standards.

  • Posted by: - May. 02, 2013 12:25 PM ET USA

    Kudos to Bishop Zubik for his quick and forceful public condemnation of this obvious intent to denigrate the Church. It is refreshing to see more and more of our Bishops fearlessly taking quick action in defense of their flock. May God continue to guide, protect, and embolden them. Perhaps the tide has finally turned and our American Church is waking from its slumber. That it has heard the trumpets now sounding for the start of the New Evangelization.

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - May. 02, 2013 9:17 AM ET USA

    CMU is a world class university. But,being a secular university,there are plenty of profs with anti-catholic views. They feel free to verbalize these to their students. Personal experience of a family member speaks here. Community standards would find the student behavior very offensive.

  • Posted by: DrJazz - May. 02, 2013 7:43 AM ET USA

    They know full well that there are no community standards (because everyone decides for himself what is right), and that obscenity laws go unenforced. But at least they are "continuing" their "review."

  • Posted by: bnewman - May. 01, 2013 11:00 PM ET USA

    It is more than a matter of community standards. It is the responsibility of Carnegie-Mellon to strongly discourage anti-Catholic bigotry of this sort. This may be difficult for them: first many faculty would have suppress their own anti-Catholic opinions and sneaking support for the student, who may have learnt it in class.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - May. 01, 2013 7:02 PM ET USA

    "If our community standards were violated...."? Who does this fellow think he is kidding? Let's rephrase this sentence: "If their community standards or laws were NOT violated by this obscentiy, WE should take appropriate action, action like closing this pathetic excuse for a real university!"