Apr. 16th, 2008 04:41 pm
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Pope Benedict said he was "deeply ashamed" over the sexual abuse of children by priests and vowed to do everything possible to stop pedophiles entering the priesthood in future.

I am guessing 'everything possible' does not, in fact, include opening the priesthood to the ninetywhatever percent of potential priests who would like to be a priest but also don't feel they could give up the option of having a loving relationship with a consenting adult.

In unrelated news, this reminds me of a certain scene out of 'Life of Brian':

An audacious comment on big brother society, depicting a small boy painting the words: "One nation under CCTV" while being watched by a security guard, appeared on a building overlooking a post office yard near Oxford Circus. The artist put up three storeys of scaffolding behind a security fence, despite being watched by a CCTV (closed circuit television) camera, London's Evening Standard newspaper reported. He then created the work under cover of darkness and hidden behind a plastic sheet before the scaffolding was removed.
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Via [livejournal.com profile] cleolinda, this heartwarming story:

Hundreds of Paris Hilton albums have been tampered with in the latest stunt by "guerrilla artist" Banksy. Banksy has replaced Hilton's CD with his own remixes and given them titles such as Why am I Famous?, What Have I Done? and What Am I For?...

A spokeswoman for Banksy said he had doctored 500 copies of her debut album Paris in 48 record shops across the UK. She told the BBC News website: "He switched the CDs in store, so he took the old ones out and put his version in."

Possibly the best part is the ambivalent response from a HMV spokesman:

"It's not the type of behaviour you'd want to see happening very often... I guess you can give an individual such as Banksy a little bit of leeway for his own particular brand of artistic engagement. Often people might have a view on something but feel they can't always express it, but it's down to the likes of Banksy to say often what people think about things. And it might be that there will be some people who agree with his views on the Paris Hilton album."

Edit: Scans of the modified version here.

Edit the second: And video of the substitution here.


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