A near-naked man, which is part of the crib at St Peter’s Square, caused a stir
A near-naked man, which is part of the crib at St Peter’s Square, caused a stirPINTOVINCENZO PINTO/AFP/GETTY
Conservative traditionalists have criticised this year’s Vatican Nativity scene as covert propaganda by the gay lobby, describing one almost naked figure as homoerotic.
The St Peter’s Square crib supposedly depicts the seven corporal works of mercy — Catholic acts of penance and charity that include clothing the naked. But traditionalists have suggested that it is a subversive diorama, with the muscular figure in need of clothing described on social media as languid and “vaguely homoerotic”.
A photo of the crib is understood to have been rejected by Facebook for breaching its policy on sexually provocative images. One observer remarked of the figure: “That guy’s been in the gym two hours a day, six days a week.”