Sergio Staino drawing a cartoon.
The Avvenire, a Roman Catholic newspaper published in Milan, Italy, has an ongoing cartoon, la domenica di Staino, which depicts the life of Our Lord Jesus the Christ. La domenica di Staino translates into English as the Sunday of Staino. The Staino in question is one Sergio Staino the cartoonist and writer responsible for the comic strip. Often times the strip is sacrilegious and blasphemous but this particular cartoon of was so terrible we at Call Me Jorge... had to comment on it. Not surprisingly, Mr. Staino is a card-carrying member of the Union of Rationalist Atheists and Agnostics. Keep in mind that this paper is owned by Italian Episcopal Conference, so it is de facto the official mouthpiece of Italy’s bishops.
— English translation —
Jesus: Oh, hi Magdalena!
Mary Magdalene: How do you like it? …Isn’t my headdress nice?
Jesus: Oh my God, let me say yes… Say yes! …Say yes!
Mary Magdalene: Well?
Jesus: It’s horrible!
Mary Magdalene: [SLAP!!]
Jesus: Father, Father… Why am I condemned to always have to tell the truth?
The whole vignette above sows heresy. The cartoon portrays Jesus and Mary Magdalene as husband and wife having a marital spat. What happened to the Chasity of Our Lord? Why would Mary Magdalene slap her Savior? Why would Jesus question His Father? Why is Christ reduced to the role of a cuckold with a vain and overbearing wife? This particular cartoon not only mocks Our Lord but also profanes Him as it inverts and perverts the story of Mary Magdalene.
We imagine that if Francis saw this cartoon, he would laugh heartily, thinking it good fun along with the bishops responsible for its printing. After all, Francis not only relishes telling blasphemous jokes about Our Lord, he loves doing this. That this strip was published by the official organ of the Italian bishops should send chills down those who believe the Novus Ordo is Catholic.