Posted by: becketfund | December 10, 2006

France: Statue of Pope John Paul II Creates Controversy

The Associated Press reports that a statue of Pope John Paul II, recently erected in a small town in Brittany, has aroused controversy after protestors complained that the monument violated France’s law on separation of church and state. The statue, which was a gift from the artist, was described by the mayor as a monument to “a giant of the 20th century who participated in the fall of the Iron Curtain”. However, opponents argue that the 130,000 euros approved by the city for the construction and inauguration ceremony constitute allocation of public funds for a religious monument, though the mayor denies any public funds were used.

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