The Holy Father may have seen his first pair of actual boobies, as four woman took their tops in front of the Pope this weekend.
While Pope Benedict was delivering a weekly address at St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, four Ukrainian women emerged from the crowd and stripped off their shirts, revealing the slogan “In Gay We Trust” painted across their torso. The quartet, all from the group Femen, stirred the ire of the faithful before they were quickly escorted away by police. (Reuters reports that one woman starting hitting the protestors with her umbrella and called them “diabolical.”)
The Pope and his emissaries have ramped up their anti-equality rhetoric across the globe as same-sex marriage has come up for discussion in the U.S., Great Britain and France. Thousands of Catholics joined a massive demonstration in Paris against President Hollande’s plan to legalize gay nuptials.
In Italy, the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano drew ire from gay groups by running an editorial that condemned a court ruling stating a young boy wouldn’t necessarily have an unbalanced upbringing being raised by his mother and her partner.
“But no one believes that these [gay families] should be created just because in some cases they don’t cause damage,” read the editorial in L’Osservatore. “The human is the masculine and the feminine… the monogamous family is the ideal place to learn the meaning of human relations and is the environment where the best form of growth is possible.”