“TITANIC” MAGAZINE: GERMAN BISHOPS, “IT GOES BEYOND ANY BEARABLE MEASURE”
Yesterday, the Court of Hamburg banned the circulation of the latest issue of the German satiric magazine “Titanic”, which showed assumedly offensive pictures of Benedict XVI. “We rejoice for the quick decision taken by the Court of Hamburg”, which “shows when satire is no longer satire but hurts and offends people”, reads a release issued by the German Bishops Conference (Dbk) today. The release reiterates that the magazine “goes beyond any bearable measure”. Yesterday, the spokesman of the Bishops Conference, Matthias Kopp, had already defined the cover picture and the last page of “Titanic” as a “breach of the Pope’s personal rights”. The Court ruled that such issue of the magazine may not be circulated – the copies that are in the newsagents however cannot be recalled -, nor may the original pictures be posted on the Internet.