Shock jock taunts NZ Catholics

Personality Paul Holmes told listeners on New Zealand's Newstalk ZB radio that although he loves the Catholic Church and believes Pope John Paul II was "all about soul", he thinks Pope Benedict XVI appears to be an "entirely too organised .. imposter.. going around in the Pope's clothes".

The NZ Herald on Sunday reported Wellington Archbishop John Dew's suggestion that Catholics would be offended by the comments.

"I am surprised to hear those comments and my immediate comment would be 'let's give the new Pope a chance'," said Archbishop Dew (pictured). "I think Catholics would find the comments offensive and I am surprised someone in the media would make comments like that without knowing the man he is talking about.

Other Catholic leaders dismissed the comments, saying Holmes was trying to shock listeners. Bishop Patrick Dunn of Auckland said Holmes was in no position to comment on the Pope.

"I think that is Paul rabbiting on. I think it is Paul Holmes being Paul Holmes. He doesn't know either of them so he is just filling in time."

Holmes said he had not intended to offend anyone and had not heard any negative feedback about the comments.

Holmes' Pope comments offend Catholic Church (NZ Herald 24/4/05)

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26 Apr 2005