The court said
though the program has provoked “various reactions” it hasn’t risen to
the level of disturbing the public peace, which it would have to do to
warrant a ban.
Television Network said last week it would broadcast only the first
episode of the cartoon, and then consider public reaction before airing
But the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising rejected the concession, instead filing a legal injunction against the broadcaster.
"In this way the
Catholic faith and the Catholic Church are exposed to ridicule, which
is justified neither by the freedom of opinion, of art, of the press
nor of broadcasting," the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising said in a
The bishops also
attacked the television channel for an advertising campaign which
showed Jesus getting down from the cross to sit in an armchair and
watch the program, reported Reuters. The tagline read: Have a laugh
instead of hanging around.
MTV said it had
been prepared for resistance to "Popetown" but was surprised by the
extent of the backlash from the Catholic Church, reported Reuters. The
network also invited Church representatives, a youth political party
and viewers to a broadcasted debate on the merits of the cartoon.
originally commissioned the program but decided in 2004 not to show it
after protests from Church leaders. It was aired last year in New
Zealand, despite a Church-led campaign against the broadcaster.
Munich court yesterday rejected a call by local Catholic Church
officials to ban MTV’s airing of Popetown, saying the Vatican parody is
“too dumb to be insulting," reported the Irish Examiner.