To borrow a simile from the 1999 Adam Sandler classic Big Daddy, when it comes to matters of sex, the Catholic Church and hypocrisy go together like lamb and tuna fish. Which is why it's not surprising that Weltbild, a German publishing house owned by the Catholic Church, has been accused of selling more than 2,500 books with pornographic content. The list of books, which was published by industry newsletter Buchletter, contains titles such as Call Me Slut!, Take Me Here, Take Me Now, and Sluts Boarding School, which New York Times book critic Michiko Kakutani referred to as "a nuanced, evocative meditation on youth and ephemeral passion" (actually, she didn't say that, but had she read Sluts Boarding School, I'm sure she would've penned a glowing endorsement of its contents). 

For its part, the company, which is Germany's largest bookseller after Amazon, says that the media's response to the books has prompted a "very intense and critical dialogue" about selling erotica, while the Catholic church attributes the snafu to "a filtering system failure" at the market. However, an editor at the Catholic magazine PUR alleges that church officials have knowingly sold spank bank material for over a decade, citing a document that shows the Church tried to sell the company in 2009 in response to complaints from a group of concerned Catholics. After they couldn't get anyone to buy Weltbild for their asking price, the Church simply stopped looking for a buyer. 

If this is the case, then the church has some pretty serious 'splaining to do, as their actions seem to sorta kinda maybe contradict the church's edict that "authorities should prevent the production and distribution of pornographic materials." The controversy raises a number of questions, like, for instance: what kind of fuckery is this? What kind of world do we live in that the unrepentant hypocrisy of rich and powerful religious bodies can continue unnoticed, for years and years? And where, pray tell, can I get a copy of Sluts Boarding School

Commentarium (7 Comments)

Nov 07 11 - 11:07am
Jeff @ DTM

What's funny is that I can see how this happened and even though you're looking for a shock out of me, you're not going to get it because I know it was just a series of fuck ups that got them there. It honestly look like an accident... sure, a 10 year accident, but an accident just the same.

As an atheist, I occasionally get asked, why do you try and make the church look bad... I always reply, they do a great job of that on their own...

Nov 07 11 - 2:06pm
Darwin

Catholic Church = Corruption. I ought to know because I was raised Catholic.

Nov 07 11 - 3:37pm
Cornelius

So did you bail on the Church because of the corruption or the doctrine? Or both?

Nov 07 11 - 2:10pm
Kel

What an odd and uncalled-for little slur on Michiko Kakutani. Personal issues?

Anyway, Sluts Boarding School and the other titles are hardly as shocking as the pederasty and sexual perversions committed by the very same priesthood that demands control over every American's sex life.

Nov 07 11 - 3:39pm
Cornelius

I agree with your comment about the slur on Michiko. Sounds like there might be a personal issue for the author here.

Nov 07 11 - 3:49pm
what?

what slur about michiko kakutani? it's clearly a joke about how a well-respected publication like the new york times would never review a book called "sluts boarding school." jeez, some people just like to be offended, don't they?

Nov 07 11 - 9:57pm
Cornelius

It seemed like a cheap shot.