The Vatican is suing the German satirical magazine, Titanic. Pope Benedict's lawyers claim that the images of the Pope on the magazine's covers violate his personal, legal rights.
The front cover of Titanic shows the Pope in a white cassock, stained yellow below the waist, with the headline: "Hallelujah in the Vatican: The leak has been found!" The back cover provides a rear view of the Pope and this time the stain is brown, with the caption: "Oops, another leak!" The images are references to the "Vatileaks" scandal that has rocked the Vatican in recent weeks, as previously reported in Digital Journal.
Yesterday, a court in Hamburg granted an injunction, preventing Titanic from distributing the issue or showing the images on the Internet. According to Der Spiegel, Leo Fisher, Titanic's editor-in-chief, characterised the court ruling, saying:
This is a huge mistake.
He went on to say that the magazine is prepared for a lengthy legal battle. Meanwhile, Titanic is running a blacked out front page with the headline: "Verboten!" A clear claim that it is being subject to censorship.
Open Salon comments wryly that people will no longer describe Pope Benedict as someone who can take a joke. The image the Vatican find so unamusing can still be seen at the Toronto Sun.