Magazine Defames Benedict XVI and His Secretary

Country: Germany

Date of incident: March 2, 2013

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Morals

Area of case: Media



Due to the Pope's resignation, in a caricature on its title page, the German magazine, Titanic, implied Pope Emeritus Benedict and his secretary, Archbishop Gänswein to be engaging in homosexual sex, uttering "Finally - sex!". This hurts religious feelings of the faithful, defames both and deepens a negative stereotype against church hierarchy.