Sex shop’s vision of ecstasy angers church

The Dominion Post 04/04/2009

A sex shop advertisement featuring a group of churchgoers has caused more agony than ecstasy for the Catholic Church. On a billboard ad for D.Vice designer sex gear, four parishioners are pictured in a church. Three have their eyes closed, hands clasped, praying but the fourth, a woman, is smiling and below her is a tagline describing a sexual aid and its price.

Wellington Catholic Archbishop John Dew said it was “unnecessary and distasteful” to associate a church with a sex shop device. “It is an insult to anyone who recognises a church as a sacred gathering place for believers in God and a place of prayer.” D.Vice director Wendy Lee said the campaign and billboard in Cable St, Wellington, was meant to make people laugh and was not intended to offend.