An Australian Catholic school was forced to cover up a “suggestive” statue — of a saint handing a young boy bread.
Blackfriars Priory School in Adelaide apologized Wednesday for the recently completed granite work depicting St. Martin de Porres holding a loaf of bread close to his groin, as a child reaches out for it.
“Upon arrival, the three-dimensional statue was deemed by the [school] to be potentially suggestive,” Simon Cobiac, principal of the boys school, wrote on their Facebook page. “As a consequence, the statue was immediately covered and a local sculptor has been commissioned to re-design it.”
The sculpture, honoring the patron saint of all those seeking racial harmony, was commissioned from an artist in Vietnam and designs were approved by the school’s executive committee in May.
Read more at the New York Post.