“A prominent Vatican archbishop doubled down in defense of his posting to social media an image of a naked man and woman lying on the ground surrounded by naked children, despite the fact that Twitter has now placed the problematic image behind a warning label reading: ‘The following media includes potentially sensitive content.’
Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, chancellor of the new John Paul II Pontifical Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences in Rome and the president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, hit back at those who criticized him for posting the image, accusing them of ‘a deeply morbid gaze.’
‘The photograph, as it has been amply highlighted by the articles that came out on the subject, portrays a Catholic family model and contains nothing erotic, ambiguous or inappropriate. Therefore, it can only disturb a deeply morbid gaze, as it was written: ‘omnia munda munids’,’ a statement published on Paglia’s website reads.
Last week, Paglia posted a link to a tweet from the John Paul II Institute promoting a broadcast featuring film director Alessandro D’Alatri. The film director was behind the 2002 film Casomai, which according to the John Paul II Institute’s web page promoting the broadcast, is ‘used today in all premarital courses.’
Both the original tweet and Paglia post included an image showing two actors of the film Casomai, Fabio Volo, and Stefania Rocca, lying down naked with one arm holding up their heads. They are surrounded by four naked children, who appear to be male and of a similar age. The actors are posed in such a way to mostly cover intimate parts of the body, although a significant part of one of Rocca’s breasts is visible.
Twitter has now placed the image behind a warning label reading: ‘The following media includes potentially sensitive content,’ but it can still be viewed if users choose to click through to display the image.
On Paglia’s post, the warning label placed on the original post by Twitter causes the message ‘This Tweet is unavailable’ to appear. However, the link posted in Paglia’s tweet still brings you through to the original post where the image can be viewed.
This is not the first time Paglia has been involved in a controversy involving images of naked people.
The archbishop was featured in a homoerotic painting he commissioned in his Cathedral.
The massive mural covers the opposite side of the facade of the cathedral church of the Diocese of Terni-Narni-Amelia. It depicts Jesus carrying nets to heaven filled with naked and semi-nude homosexuals, transsexuals, prostitutes, and drug dealers, jumbled together in erotic interactions.
As reported by LifeSite’s Matthew Hoffman in 2017, ‘included in one of the nets is Paglia, the then diocesan bishop. The image of the Savior is painted with the face of a local male hairdresser, and his private parts can be seen through his translucent garb.’
Paglia also oversaw the release of a controversial sex-ed program during the 2016 World Youth Day in Poland that includes sexually explicit images. The course was criticized as being ‘thoroughly immoral.'”