The Catholic Church has been embroiled in scandal for years.
And now, a Catholic school has been forced to cover up a statue of a saint due to its controversial design, which went viral earlier this week.
The statue was unveiled in Adelaide outside Black Priory School, with the statue featuring St Martin de Porres handing a young boy a loaf of bread.
All of this sounds fairly normal. However, it’s where the bread is situated on the statue that is causing the uproar.
The bread is located in front of the saint, towards his pelvic region, with the boy reaching to cradle the loaf.
Is the picture becoming clearer to you? Because apparently, everyone who was involved with designing, manufacturing and then unveiling it didn’t make the connection.
The stone sculpture is believed to be a reference to the well-known saint’s ability to multiply food and drink.
It didn’t take long for the image to go viral. The comments mostly related to the catholic church’s history of priests abusing young boys. According to the comments, using bread as representation of the saint’s abilities did not help the situation.
The statue has since been covered up and fenced off. The school’s Principal, Simon Cobiac stated on the school’s Facebook page that:
‘The two-dimensional concept plans for the statue were viewed and approved by the Executive Team in May but upon arrival the three-dimensional statue was deemed by the Executive to be potentially suggestive…
‘As a consequence, the statue was immediately covered and a local sculptor has been commissioned to re-design it.
‘The School apologises for any concerns and publicity generated by this matter and is taking action to substantially alter the statue.’
It remains to be seen what, if anything, replaces the suggestive loaf.