April 11th, 2013
03:21 PM ET

A papal portrait ... made out of condoms

(CNN)–An artist in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has created a unique portrait of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

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    Free speech helps educate the masses................POLITICIANS too !

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  4. A. Christian

    To the non-Christians commenting on this article: I am so sorry for the interactions you've had with the Church, as it seems like a lot of you have reasons to hate believers like me. I'm sorry that we've wronged you, and I'm sorry that I've wronged non-believers in the past too. Your views of the world as a cruddy, broken place and of the church as a sinful, divided people are totally right. I will not at all deny that the divisiveness in the church makes us seem less credible, but I personally believe that's not at all God's fault– that is the fault of Christians.
    And to the Christians : watching the reactions of some of the believers to other commenters has sickened me- the cussing, the name calling. If they're reading this, I'd really for them to sit back for a minute and think about why they became Christians in the first place– because we're all pretty terrible at being good people and we all, Christian or not, do things that perpetuate the current state of the world. Never forget that you too have fallen short of the glory of God.

    "...nothing true can be said about God from a posture of defense" - Marilynne Robinson

    April 17, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
  5. Adam

    CATHOLIC CHURCH: "Sure, AIDS is bad, but not quite as bad as condoms."

    CIVILIZATION: /groan

    April 15, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
  6. lol??

    "...........Medical evidence now shows that consistent use of condoms reduces the risk of transmission in men and women of
    HIV (by 80 percent)..............."

    Better use two and a garbage bag.

    April 13, 2013 at 6:20 am |
  7. Reality

    Do your own condom art on the cheap. Amazon sells them for 16 cents each with free Prime shipping. Might as well get some use out of them as many guys do not use them thereby resulting in the following horrific statistics:

    "Se-xually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain a major public health challenge in the United States. While substantial progress has been made in preventing, diagnosing, and treating certain S-TDs in recent years, CDC estimates that approximately 19 million new infections occur each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24.1 In addition to the physical and psy-ch-ological consequences of S-TDs, these diseases also exact a tremendous economic toll. Direct medical costs as-sociated with STDs in the United States are estimated at up to $14.7 billion annually in 2006 dollars."

    April 12, 2013 at 11:40 pm |
    • rob senatore

      If we’d divert the OVER $150 billion dollar tax break that religion gets in this country every year, and divert it to the CURES for these maladies, we wouldn't NEED condoms!

      April 12, 2013 at 11:52 pm |
  8. Voice Of Reason

    Actually, a pretty good likeness, all things considered.
    I have to at the man they interviewed who said "It's gross. It's not polite." Really? And why exactly is it "gross" and "not polite"? It's not like the artist chose USED condoms. Every one of them is brand new, so basically this is nothing more than a portrait made of latex. So ... clean latex is "gross" and "not polite" simply because it's shaped like a balloon? Really? My, how repressed. I wonder if he has an anxiety attack whenever he sees a magician or a clown make a balloon animal? (OK, so clowns DO make people anxious. But you get the point! LOL)

    April 12, 2013 at 6:53 pm |
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    April 12, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
  10. examiner

    Its hard for even a good artist to make a living. This artiste probably had a huge supply of condoms on hand for her regular job.

    April 12, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
    • Donald E. Ridenbaugh

      Well, that kind of comment shows true character.

      April 12, 2013 at 4:22 pm |
  11. pmlreynolds

    Shame on you for printing this. Is nothing sacred????

    April 12, 2013 at 9:38 am |
    • sam stone

      there may be things that are "sacred", but the pope is not any of them

      April 12, 2013 at 9:40 am |
    • Honey Badger Don't Care!

      Yes, these condoms should be used for a better purpose than to make fun of silly religions.

      April 12, 2013 at 10:48 am |
    • Seyedibar

      No. In reality, there is nothing sacred.

      April 12, 2013 at 11:48 am |
    • derp

      I agree, this is particularly egregious waste of the sacred condoms.

      April 12, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
  12. { ! }

    HIV and condoms have coexisted for a long time before Benedict became pope. Yet the artiste ignored this important fact.
    Recently, a man was prosecuted in civil court. He was HIV+ and failed to inform his partners. If this artiste had integrity, she would have made a portrait of this man instead of the pope.After all, the pope hasn't been spreading HIV. Apparently, she can't look the bald truth in the face. Or she is a coward: if she created such a picture, the secular world would destroy her. Bashing the pope is fashionable so she is safe.
    THis paragon of the art world must think most HIV patients are catholics: "Pope, please tell me to use a condom so I won't spread this disease."

    April 12, 2013 at 9:27 am |
    • tallulah13

      The papal condemnation of condom use is making the fight against AIDS much more difficult, if not impossible, in places like sub-Saharan Africa, where there is an estimated 22 million people infected. I'd say the artist targeted the right person.

      April 12, 2013 at 9:49 am |
    • { ! }


      In the 1960s and 70s, a secksual revolutuion was started. Millions of people were participating. Then it was discovered that they had been spreading HIV. I suggest that anyone who encouraged the secksual revolution or participated in it should redeem themselves by sending shiploads of condoms to Africa.

      April 12, 2013 at 10:12 am |
    • Mrs. Pepperpot

      He reiterated and condemned the use of condoms, especially in Africa where the RCC is rapidly expanding...get a clue. How you can rah-rah something so abominable is beyond me.

      April 12, 2013 at 11:08 am |
    • TiredofReligiousCrap

      This pope and most of the other popes are a threat to humanity.....Discusting cult members.

      "Pope's anti-condom message is sabotage in fight against Aids
      Stance makes Catholic church a major global public health problem":

      "Pope claims condoms could make African Aids crisis worse
      Pontiff's remarks on first visit to continent outrage health agencies trying to halt spread of HIV and Aids"

      April 12, 2013 at 6:57 pm |
  13. USMC 1371

    We need a painting of Muhammad made with puts blood as the paint.

    April 12, 2013 at 6:46 am |
  14. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things,

    April 12, 2013 at 5:54 am |
    • Mal

      You post this on every single article. How about you get a life, you religious nutjob?

      April 12, 2013 at 6:20 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      That's prayer bot. Ignore it. It's posts and responses are incoherent and incomprehensible because...well, it's a prayer bot.

      April 12, 2013 at 10:15 am |
    • captain america

      Disregard stevie it is a foreign pos that does not acknowledge reality. It is unwanted and unheard in its native land so comes on here in a vain attempt to stroke its sorry ego. Get a life stevie you ass wipe. There's your sign

      April 12, 2013 at 10:21 am |
    • Science

      Hey CA you know

      to Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Scientists Find Genes Linked to Human Neurological Disorders in Sea Lamprey Genome



      Facts work .

      Condoms work well for art too

      April 12, 2013 at 10:32 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      April 12, 2013 at 11:25 am |
    • Really?

      "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things"

      That's why the data, has shown that atheists have happier and healthier lives than conservative Christians. Your post is built on a lie!

      April 12, 2013 at 11:30 am |
  15. Schoolmarm

    Ha ha! Appropriate medium.
    The artist captured his delicate little hands, I see.

    April 12, 2013 at 1:50 am |
  16. What's brown and sounds like a bell? Dung!

    We should make a Westboro Baptist sign out of gay bondage wear.

    April 11, 2013 at 11:07 pm |
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