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Catholic school forced to cover ‘unfortunate’ statue featuring kneeling boy

Catholic school forced to cover ‘unfortunate’ statue featuring kneeling boy

The offending statue at the Australian Catholic school.

A Catholic school in Australian city Adelaide was forced to cover a newly erected statute after it went viral online.

Blackfriars Priory School is an all-boys private Catholic school from kindergarten to 12th grade.

It unveiled the new statue last week. But it didn’t take long for students to start taking inappropriate photos with an unfortunately placed loaf of bread.

The school commissioned the statute of St Dominic which features the saint holding out a loaf of bread – which seemingly came from under his cloak – to a boy kneeling in front of him.

Social media users were quick to point out the loaf of bread does not actually look like bread but rather something more unsavory. Many people online commented about the unfortunate relationship between the Catholic Church and historical sexual abuse allegations.

The school quickly covered up the statue with a black cloak until a decision can be made on its future. It has now been completely cordoned off.

‘Covering it up… A+ for historical accuracy,’ wrote @ben_hagerty on the Shit Adelaide Instagram page.

‘Like who the hell designed, approved and erected it and no one thought about it?,’ another Instagram user wrote.

It looked different in the photos

On Wednesday the school’s principal, Simon Cobiac, published a statement on the school’s Facebook page.

He blamed a difference in the two-dimensional plans and the real thing.

‘The two-dimensional concept plans for the statue were viewed and approved by the Executive Team in May but upon arrival the three-dimensional statue was deemed by the Executive to be potentially suggestive,’ he wrote.

‘As a consequence, the statue was immediately covered and a local sculptor has been commissioned to re-design it.

‘The School apologises for any concerns and publicity generated by this matter and is taking action to substantially alter the statue.’