Portrait of Pope Benedict XVI made out of condoms


Pope Benedict XVI spoke out against condoms. According to him (possibly his faith), the use of condoms was/is considered immoral. After having traveled to a certain part of Africa where AIDS is rampant, the lovely pope changed his mind and stated that condoms might be useful to halt the spread of STDs.

Portrait of Pope Benedict XVI made out of condoms

He received both positive and negative criticism.

AIDS activists were happy he spoke positively about the use of condoms.

Catholicism was rapidly expanding in parts of Africa and a positive message from their Catholic leader (the pope) about condoms would hopefully urge its followers to use them more.

Some conservative Catholics feared that this pass/allowance of condom usage in Africa would condone its overall use everywhere else.

Ever since his original comments, some Catholics saw it as the green light to use condoms guilt free while others (usually more conservative) insisted that the exception was solely for certain situations like the spread of AIDS and other STDs.

Portrait of Pope Benedict XVI made out of condoms

Regardless where the pope stood on the issue, the majority of his followers still used condoms. And those that didn't use condoms did so because it reduced their pleasure, not because they found it immoral.

An artist, Niki Johnson, decided to bring up this conversation once more.

She created a portrait of the pope out of (take a big guess...) CONDOMS!

Portrait of Pope Benedict XVI made out of condoms

Portrait of Pope Benedict XVI made out of condoms

Niki used over 17,000 condoms to immortalize the pope's likeness.

Portrait of Pope Benedict XVI made out of condoms

The piece is featured at the Milwaukee Art Museum and caused massive outrage in the Catholic community. Several patrons stopped donating/supporting the museum. Some members revoked their membership/alliance with the museum. One long-time tour worker of the museum left. Just overall, lots of fiery Catholic anger toward the museum.

Niki explains that her point was to bring up the condom/AIDS topic once more, not to offend the Catholic community.

What do you think?

Did she go too far?

Or are you astonished at the preventing powers of condoms immortalized in the pope's likeness?

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The museum stands by the piece and refuses to remove it.

They like her message and believe that controversy sparks interest in issues.

Personally, I got her message loud and clear.

I think it's ridiculous in this day and age to call condoms 'immoral', but immortalizing the pope in condoms was a little 'extra'.

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  • It doesn't take a lot of courage to mock Christianity, does it?

    • I think she's specifically mocking a certain Pope and Catholicism, not all of Christianity

    • Well, I wonder if she had the guts to mock someone else.

    • But you do also notice the underlying message underneath the mocking, right? Guilt tripping your followers to not use condoms in a world where AIDS and STDs are rampant is not too smart either...

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  • I dont care he was in the Reich when was a kid, so f**k him

    • If you mean he lived in the German Reich yes but that doesn't mean he supported it. He himself was only a child when it was happening. His family was even harassed for his dad's vocal displeasure at the Nazi party...

  • In regards to your comments on Pope Francis... Do you know why he is so popular? It's because the world is mostly immoral, and he is liberal. Think about that. Liberals are the ones who led us to this moral decline.

    Pope Pius X wrote an encyclical about the dangers of modernism. He was ignored by the clergy who brought us Vatican II and the complete overhaul of the Catholic church. Novus Ordo churches are slowly losing members, while traditional parishes are growing.

    • Novus Ordo masses are watered down and very much Protestantantized. Francis pays lip service to Catholicism, but his true intentions, as well as those around him, are far darker.

    • We are far less likely to see the child abuse addressed the farther liberal the church goes. After all, we wouldn't want to offend gay clergy, right?

    • Under Popr Benedict, he wasn't held responsible for the child abuse by other catholic priests because his lawyer claimed the pope had diplomatic immunity. Pope Franfis is also smart. Since he excommunicated the mafia, the windows of his car are bulletproof. Since I'm not a catholic, my knowledge on some of the events you're talking about would be pretty limited. However I have attended both Protestant and catholic services. Catholic services seemed a little slow and somewhat super traditional and kinda boring at times. Whereas Protestant services had much more music and dancing. Heck the pastor himself had more in come with an inspirational speaker than a priest

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  • What a brave girl. Very talented. Now try it with muhammad and see how far you get

    • Her bone to pick was with that particular pope because of what he said about condoms. It's not like she meant to target the whole religion. Even if she did something of Muhammad, the moderate and westernized Muslims wouldn't target her, only the extremists would

    • she's a douche and picking on the easy. she's simply attacking those that she knows won't have any consequences. Catholics are partitioning to have it removed from the museum because it's disrespectful... change that to her trying anything with islam and she'll be dead.

    • if it was muslim, i can guarantee that the museum wouldn't even consider displaying it to begin with, let alone her considering to make it.

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  • I was raised catholic myself. While I support most of the doctrine (including traditional marriage) I'm opposed to "anti contraception" and "anti vaccines". I'm glad the pope spoke up about this.

    • Are they really anti-vaccines?

    • weird typo my mistake. Meant to say "anti vaccination". I'm all for the HPV vaccination.

  • I don't think she went too far. Speaking as an artist, the portrait was pretty darn good. I think it was bold move to do that and I think I'd do the same thing if I was in the same situation and if I had that amount of condoms lol. But yeah, kuddos to her for creativity.

  • I'm not Christian. I'm not even religious. But, what this girl did is disrespectful and highly immature.

    • I'm not going to hate on you for sharing your opinion. You didn't have to go anon :p I like her message, but the way she represented it was kinda extra. But thinking about it now, I can't think of a less subtle way she could have got the message across.

    • I always go Anon. I agree.

    • And you're a moron for getting all bent out of shape because of it.

  • Now condom sales will go through the roof.

    • Hopefully!

  • What she did was just immature and disrespectful

    • True. But calling condoms immoral isn't too bright either.

    • Exhibit A--class one asshole ^