PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Students at Carnegie Mellon say it’s freedom of expression, but the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh calls it inappropriate and disrespectful.
At an annual art school parade, a female student dressed up as the pope, and was naked from the waist down while she passed out condoms.
Even more, witnesses say the woman had shaved her pubic hair in the shape of a cross.
The Diocese has asked CMU to take action.
“I think we all know that when we’re growing up we do stupid things but to cross over the line in this instance shouldn’t happen with anybody,” Bishop David Zubik said.
CMU issued a statement, saying “We are continuing our review of the incident. If our community standards or laws were violated, we will take appropriate action.”
Some Carnegie Mellon students we talked with saw no need for discipline. (Continued…)
“It’s all in good fun and it’s not meant to harm anyone,” Ivy Kristov told KDKA’s Andy Sheehan.
Bishop Zubik says the incident must be addressed.
“What I do want to have happen is for this person to learn an important lesson,” Zubik said.
The University encourages individual thought and artistic expression but the Diocese believes this student not only crossed the line, but trampled all over it.
They are demanding some action.
And a national Catholic organization is now calling for the student’s immediate suspension and other sanctions.
She dressed up as the pope from the waist up and paraded naked from the waist down — her public hair shaved in the shape of a cross.
Tuesday morning on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA Bishop David Zubik continued to express outrage.
“Certainly,” Zubik said, “because even in terms of the symbol of the cross, it is the most sacred symbol for all Christians.”