Olmert 'sorry' for TV show that offended Vatican

February 22, 2009 11:02

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday he feels "regret, sorrow and disapproval" for a comedy show that mocked Christian theology and offended the Vatican. Government spokesman Mark Regev said Olmert told ministers at the weekly Cabinet meeting the comedy segment was "in stark contrast" to good relations between Israel and Christians worldwide. Broadcast recently on a late-night show on Channel 10, the segment mocked the belief that Mary was a virgin and that Jesus walked on water. The skit was a sarcastic response to the Vatican's rehabilitation of a Catholic bishop who denied the Holocaust took place. The host later apologized for causing offense. The Vatican issued a statement Friday calling the segment a "vulgar and offensive act of intolerance."

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