Joke with a mutual jag?

A person is invited to deliver a humourous after dinner speech. It’s a smoke filled room. He begins by saying “Fuck sake has another pope died?”. Bad taste? A good opener? Free speech? Blatant sectarianism? Anti-sectarianism and Roman Catholic groups are calling for action. Others believe it is free speech and objections charaterise Catholics as humourless and narrow-minded. The Faculty of Advocates is having to decide .