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article imagePope Benedict's birth home tagged with obscene graffiti

By R. C. Camphausen     Apr 13, 2010 in World
Marktl - One or more graffiti artists have added a voice of dissatisfaction to the house where Benedict was born. In protest of the way the Church and Pope have handled recent scandals, the house was tagged with the words "F**k Yourselves."
Police say the house where Pope Benedict XVI was born, in the southern German town of Marktl, has been vandalized with obscene graffiti. A local group who is caretaking the building had the words painted over as soon as possible. While some called it obscene, others called it abusive, and CBC News even said that the Pope's birth home had been vandalized.
Photographs of the artwork were published in the German press showing the words before they were painted over. As ABC News reports, the two words were apparently "F**k Yourselves."
Police say the words were painted in blue letters, approximately 1 foot (30 cm) in height. They were found early Tuesday on the wall above the entrance to the house where Joseph Ratzinger was born almost 83 years ago.
Konrad Rutzinger, a police spokesperson, said the message seems to be linked to the recent abuse scandals faced by the Catholic Church.
A Cologne-based German publication doesn't agree. A report on their website says it is "a matter of opinion whether or not the graffiti had anything to do with the current debate on abuse allegations" [Google translation from the German corrected by myself].
Another police spokesman, Andreas Guske, is quoted by the New York Times as saying the words were not specifically directed at the Pope.
Some people find this incident especially horrible since it comes just three days before the birthday of Benedict XVI.
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