Why is your female companion dressed as a bishop in a religiously sensitive area?

It’s always better to know the local laws. The Irish Times reports on why the Vatican has lodged an official complaint with RTÉ. “The three-man crew of RTÉ1’s Would You Believe series was shooting footage for a programme on the role of women in the church.”.. which they, unfortunately, decided would be best illustrated with footage of an Italian actress.. dressed as a bishop.. at least, that’s the official story.. *ahem*
From the Irish Times report –

The three-man crew of RTÉ1’s Would You Believe series was shooting footage for a programme on the role of women in the church.

They were taken to a police station in Rome and questioned for three hours as to why their female companion was dressed as a bishop in such a religiously sensitive area.

Under Italian law it is illegal to wear clerics’ clothing if not a cleric.

The Vatican has lodged a complaint to RTÉ claiming the crew had broken this law close to a property owned by the Holy See and in doing so had acted insensitively.

“It’s all a bit Da Vinci Code-esque,” said one RTÉ source.

The crew were also quizzed about their permits to film in the city. As a sanction, their permit to film Pope Benedict’s Wednesday audience in St Peter’s Square yesterday was withdrawn.

Vatican authorities became aware of the incident, which took place on Tuesday, only after Rome police contacted them to inquire if they had any knowledge of the Irish producer, cameraman, sound engineer and Italian actress.

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  • RTE. Hopeless Harrys. The Italians should have confiscated thier camera gear, credit cards and plane tickets. Just for the craic. I always thought it odd that Sinead O’Connor became a bishop in the Tridentine Rite. Can’t see her making Pope though

  • Busty Brenda

    I am relieved as the title of this thread suggested to me that it was about Pat Buckley getting a sex change.

  • As the actress said to the bishop…

  • LordLard

    The Vatican clearly have less contol over RTÉ than over Waterways Ireland.

  • Busty Brenda

    ‘what did the actress say to the bishop?

  • BB “roger me, and pretend I’m a man”

  • smcgiff

    ‘As the actress said to the bishop…’

    As the actress said to herself! 🙂

  • CS Parnell

    Taigs,

    Nobody expects the Italian Requistion

    I’ll get me coat.

  • TL

    I went to a Jesuit school…after a few drinks once fashioned myself a Alb from a sheet and a mitre from tin foil and newspaper…In the few hours I spent blessing people on campus I became the ‘she pope’ and nearly got chucked out of school…NO SENSE OF HUMOR amongst the men of the cloth.

  • Pete Baker

    TL

    It’s worse than an absence of humour –

    Under Italian law it is illegal to wear clerics’ clothing if not a cleric.

  • TL

    Pete,
    Yes and even though I jest I can imagine good reasons for such a law. Fraud etc… however, it should probably not be followed to the letter.
    T

  • Pete Baker

    Indeed, T.

    There’s also the distinct suggestion being given in the report that the withdrawal of the filming permit, of Pope Benedict’s Wednesday audience in St Peter’s Square, and the subsequent official complaint to RTÉ, has more to do with the subject of the programme rather than the actual incident.

  • They don’t like it up em.
    Secrecy,mystery,very creepy..
    almost make you wanna tune into a paisley sermon.. … arrrghhh … I did say almost 😉

  • “which they, unfortunately, decided would be best illustrated with footage of an Italian actress.. dressed as a bishop..”

    Beware gods with a sense of humor, Pedro.

    Did I ever tell you the one where the the Hasidic Rabbi, the Buddhist Monk and the Italian actress dressed as a Bishop walk into the Vatican Bar?

  • Pete Baker

    Not yet, Jim.. but the Vatican Bar certainly sounds like a religiously sensitive area.

  • missfitz

    Well, someone has to say it.

    The sooner the Church allows the ordination of women and their subsequent elevation to Bishop, the better place the world will be.

    RTE were doing nothing less than bravely going where no nun had gone before

  • Harry Flashman

    Yes this is all jolly good fun, the tv crew dressed an actress up as a bishop and filmed her at one of the most sacred sites in Catholicism and my, how we all laughed, all good fun, those po-faced popeheads can’t take a joke can they? Why don’t they all lighten up?

    Funny I remember saying something similar about some inocuous cartoons a month or two back and some of the posters here were calling me a racist and an Islamophobe, hey ho, ya gotta love the hypocrisy and double standards of the modern progressive.

  • missfitz

    Harry
    Personally, I fail to see the link you are trying to make.

    The crew were making a film, in good faith, on the role of women in the Church. It appears that they werent aware of local laws restricing the wearing of clerical garb. It appears to have been an unintentional gaffe, in the interest of reportage.

    The cartoons on the other hand, appear to have been a conscious effort to incite and offend. There was never a suggestion that they were in the public realm to inform or educate, unless I missed a large part of the story. They were created to offend.

    The RTE crew appear to have been gormless but do not appear to have intentionally gone to the Vatican for the purpose of incitement. The context of both situations is important.

  • It is clear that no-one in RTE paid any heed to the age-old advice of ‘When in Rome….’