Catholic school covers up statue after ‘suggestive’ complaints

The statue at Blackfriars Priory School has now been covered up
The statue at Blackfriars Priory School has now been covered up
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A Catholic school has been forced to cover up a statue of a saint and a child over concerns it was sexually suggestive.

Blackfriars Priory School in Adelaide, Australia has decided to cover up and amend the artwork after it appeared that a loaf of bread being held by the saint was possibly embarrassing.

The statue has now been draped in black curtains before it is altered by a local sculptor.

Principal of Blackfriars Priory School, Simon Cobiac, said: “The sculpture is a famous depiction of the tireless work of St Martin de Porres, a Dominican brother, for the poor and downtrodden of the 16th century.

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“The two-dimensional concept plans for the statue were viewed and approved by the executive team in May but upon arrival the three-dimensional statue was deemed by the executive to be potentially suggestive.

“As a consequence, the statue was immedaitely covered and a local sculptor has been commissioned to re-design it.”