Vatican to Tintin's aid in censorship battle
'Tintin in the Congo', the comic banned from the children's shelves of British bookshops, is an example of "politically correct lunacy", according to the Vatican's official newspaper.
'L'Osservatore Romano' hailed the Belgian boy reporter as a "Catholic hero" and said it was ridiculous that the comic had been "wrapped up like a pornographic magazine and consigned to the adults-only section" of bookshops in the UK.
The newspaper asked whether the act of censorship -- on the grounds that the comic is racist -- was "an appropriate protection of the defenceless children of Her Majesty, or politically correct lunacy in the shadow of Big Ben".
The book is being sold in Britain with a protective band around it, warning that its portrayal of Africans would offend some readers.
The Vatican paper did concede that 'Tintin' books were full of "the paternalistic cliches of the era in which the Belgians exploited the Congo". (© Daily Telegraph, London)