Vatican irked by "blasphemous" Israel TV show
The Vatican said on Friday that it has formally complained to the Israeli government about a private Israeli TV show that ridiculed and blasphemed Jesus and Mary.
In the program, the host farcically denied Christian traditions, that Mary was a virgin and that Jesus walked on water, saying he would do so as a "lesson" to Christians who deny the Holocaust.
It was a reference to the Vatican’s recent lifting of the excommunication of a bishop who denied 6 million Jews were killed during World War II. The rehabilitation had sparked outrage among Jews.
A statement from the Vatican press office said its representative in Israel complained to the government about the show, which was broadcast recently on private Channel 10, one of Israel’s three main TV stations.
The statement said the government quickly assured the Holy See that it would intervene to interrupt the transmission and get the broadcaster to publicly apologise.
But it wasn’t immediately clear how the government could do so since Channel 10 is a private station and is not subject to government censorship, except in matters of security.