Three French dioceses have apparently altered an image of a priest in a cassock to make it look as if he is wearing jeans and a shirt.
Four dioceses in the south of the country, Perpignan, Montpellier, Nimes and Carcassonne made a video to solicit donations for an annual collection. The video featured a priest wearing a cassock meeting young people and taking a selfie with them.
French blog Le Salon Beige said that as part of the campaign, a still-shot from the video was turned into a poster. However, in the dioceses of Perpignan, Montpellier, and Nimes, the picture was altered to add jeans to the priest and blur out the buttons on the top of his cassock.
The picture appeared unedited in Carcassonne.
Writing on New Liturgical Movement, editor Gregory DiPippo said: “If, as this rather sad little episode seems to indicate, a diocese becomes not merely reluctant to show a priest as a priest, but positively embarrassed by the idea, it should at least be honest and admit that the money collected in its fundraising appeal will be used to pay the lawyers who handle its receivership.”