Saturday 23 September 2017

Vatican pulls promotional video for women's conference after ridicule from both liberal and conservative church wings

Independent.ie Newsdesk and Agencies

The Vatican has pulled the English version of a promotional video for a women's conference after it was heavily criticised in North America by both liberal and conservative elements of the Catholic Church.

The video, which features actress Nancy Brilli, encourages women to send clips and videos of their lives for broadcast at a meeting of the Pontifical Council for Culture, which is set to take place this week.

The #lifeofwoman campaign began just before Christmas and was launched by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, who now admits he must expand his horizons, after the video was panned by many, including bishops.

Many complained that the clip undermines feminism, while other said that it was unworthy of church initiative.

Around 250 videos were sent through the initiative, with many of the clips sent from women advocating women's ordination.

Italian Brilli (50) defended the advertisement during a press conference yesterday, while also defending women's decisions to undergo cosmetic surgery.

The working paper for the Pontifical Council Ms Brilli was advertising denounces any form of plastic surgery, saying it is 'like a burqa made of flesh'.

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