Mexican Playboy Publishes Nude Virgin Mary on Cover

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The attacks continue…

I cannot see the Mexican people being too happy about this, their adoration for the Virgin of Guadalupe in incredible.

I don’t care to read the story; how awful.

I don’t speak Spanish, but watched the the musical celebration and mass last night from the Basilica of Guadelupe on a Mexican channel. They also simulcast with the celebrations at churches in Texas and California. The excitement and love of the Mexican people toward the Virgin of Guadelupe was very moving. Some people were probably there because of the spectacle or because Guadelupe is also a cultural symbol, but the real devotion was so touching. It was very beautiful.

Playboy ‘apologized’ for the cover-but they were pretty dumb for doing it!

Uh, Joe-we don’t ‘adore’ Mary-we ‘venerate’ her-there’s a difference!

I think we should stop using the word “venerate”; it is too staid a word and suggests an overemphasis on ritual. I like the word “adore” better.

Playboy is contending that the headline is false

“The image is not and never was intended to portray the Virgin of Guadalupe or any other religious figure. The intent was to reflect a Renaissance-like mood on the cover.”

foxnews.com/story/0,2933,466565,00.html

However, I did some more research, and took a look at the content of the magazine itself as it pertains to the controversy, and it seems implausible that their intent was not at least to create a similarity if not a portrayal such that the similarity would evoke an association.

They also have published a poem in the issue that seems to confirm this. Here’s a translation of the poem (I won’t link to the website, as it contains some topless photos from the magazine, though the poses themselves are not sexual or provocative … if you only saw the face of the woman in the poses, in some of them you might think she were in deep contemplation or prayer)

María Florencia Onori

Bendita Seas

You are so adventurious [sic] María, when the light reaches your skin and your eyes find those of our readers. Blankets, flowers, bouquets, and stained glass: a playful game of light and shadow that deliver a renewed sensuality to our pages, witnesses of feminine grace where a stain does not fit, but the subtleness of a youthful body that radiates its beauty in a rug of petals. Yours are the hopes and the candor, yours the nakedness at the light of the candles, yours the crown with which December salutes you. Let it be.

In terms of the poses themselves, the only hint of portrayal of the Virgin comes from the use of a crown and the use of sometimes a white robe and sometimes a blue robe (never together that I recall).

At first I was willing to give some benefit of the doubt to Playboy, but it seems clear now that their intent if not to portray the Virgin strictly speaking was at least to make their portrayal similar enough to certain religious imagery to generate publicity for their business which as I understand it is in financial trouble.

People might be surprised to know how much subliminal religious imagery is used in advertising and the media. Lots of things come to mind, but the one that floored me most was in the window of an upscale teen clothing shop. Big posters in the windows showed a very thin young girl in a crucifixion pose, head to the side, hair hanging down in her face, feet crossed, wearing a skin-toned dress that was full only around the hips. At first glance, it looked like a large crucifix.

Of course, Playboy in its very essence is a gravely depraved publication. With this feature, they add to the obscenity of which they are already guilty.

Honestly, we should already have been outraged that pornography is as prevalent in our society as it is. Pornography is a cancer, a festering wound in the soul of our culture. It is evil by its nature, no matter what is on the cover. And I hope that people in Mexico and elsewhere will see this.

Of course Playboy does not respect the Blessed Mother - they are enemies of the very dignity of human life, especially of women, marriage, and the family.

Just a correction. They use the word “bienaventurada”, which means “blessed, very fortunate, lucky”. It can also mean “saint”. The title, Bendita Seas, means “Blessed be”.

A new low - even for a disgusting magazine like Playboy.

Although I agree that they are just looking for publicity, it’s important to add that the foreign issues of Playboy (like the Mexican and the Brazilian ones) are not published by Playboy, Inc., but by licensees. They are independent from Playboy, Inc. So, although the company is having finacial problems in the US, as far as I know, the publishing companies that publish Playboy magazine in other countries are very well, thank you. :stuck_out_tongue:

I’ve been thinking abou this and what boggles my mind is what sort of sicko would even think that men would want to lust after our naked Blessed Mother? These people obviously meet and brainstorm about what sort of covers would sell… did they all REALLY think men would WANT to see suggestive images of her naked??

Or I suppose a better question is am I totally clueless and the sad answer to that is yes… some men would ???

Sadly, innocence and the forbidden both have a certain allure to some people. This is especially so if they have already been partaking of grave sin for a long time. Pornography is similar to drugs in that it can cause people who use it to build up a resistance and seek out something “stronger”.

Consider that there are many pornographic portrayals of nuns, for instance.

Sickness leads to deeper sickness, sin begets sin. This cover is a symptom of the overall disease which is pornography and the promotion of casual sex.

I have to weigh in…and in full disclosure, I used to partake of Playboy and worse.
Based on the timing, the name of the girl, the way she’s draped, and knowing the magazine’s sense of morality, there’s nothing that they can say to diffuse what they’ve done. It is what it is.

What they don’t realize is how Catholics revere our Mother. Our reverance and respect for the Blessed Virgin could not be marred by what they set out to do in the first place-no matter what they say, the demean women, most Catholics respect women. No matter how little clothing there is on that girl, she could, in no way, do anything to hold a candle to Our Lady.

As Fr. Corapi says: “Our Mother wears combat boots.”

What is marred, though, is the way others see us and our Mother. And that’s where my outrage lies.

Mother Mary, we love you for your complete Yes to our Lord.

Disgusting! Just plain disgusting! How dare they do something like this! :mad:

This is totally outrageous. So many of these people are hypocrites. They know God is there, they know how powerful he is. Then they go an mock our beliefs.

If anything good can possibly come of this, it’s that it reminds us to look at women in pornography and unclean publications with love. I was listening to a CD from Jason Evert, and he said when you look at these women, see them as though they were the Virgin Mary. That way we will respect them more.

I hope this causes a major financial crisis for Playboy.

Aside from the obvious offensiveness.It’s just plain tacky.We live in a weird world.:mad:

A model posing as the Virgin Mary on the cover of the Mexican edition of Playboy magazine led the U.S. headquarters to recently issue a formal apology.

The offensive Dec. 1 edition, which was published only days before a major Mexican festival dedicated to the mother of Jesus, shows model Maria Florencia Onori standing in front of a stained glass window with only a white cloth to cover her head and select parts of her body.

christianpost.com/article/20081215/playboy-issues-non-apology-apology-for-virgin-mary-cover.htm

I don’t get it. So the United States headquarters of Playboy issued a sincere apology but the Mexican headquarters did not? :shrug::confused:

abhorring.

Absolute depravity.I would NOT want to be in the person’s shoes responsible for this blasphemy and have to stand before her Son at my particular judgement.Please pray for this person’s soul.I just said a Hail Mary.:frowning:

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