Vagina poem based on Lord's Prayer sparks blasphemy row
Emma Anderson · 17 Feb 2016, 17:15
Published: 17 Feb 2016 17:15 GMT+01:00
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Catalan poet Dolors Miquel has ruffled perhaps one too many Catholic feathers in Barcelona.
The artist read her feminist version of 'Our Father, who art in heaven' on Monday at the annual Barcelona Awards which are given out by the city for various categories, including literature, dance, innovative technology and education.
The poem by Miquel read as follows:
"Our Mother, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy coño (expletive for vagina).
The epidural, the midwife, bring to us your cry,
Your love, your strength.
Become by your will our uterus over the Earth.
Our day of every day, give us today.
And do not allow those sons of bitches to abort love, make war.
Liberate us! For ever and ever, vagina. Let's go!"
Many clapped and whistled as she finished her reading.
But not all appreciated Miquel's composition, with the head of the conservative Popular Party (PP) in Catalonia walking out before it ended, a Christian group filing criminal complaints and thousands now planning a demonstration against the poem.
En el ayuntamiento de BCN leen un texto blasfemo. Recuerdo a Cicerón: "Quousque tandem abutere, Catilina, patientia nostra? ¿Hasta cuándo?— Josep Àngel Saiz (@BisbeSaiz) February 16, 2016
The Spanish Conference of Episcopalians tweeted a picture of the Our Father's text with the caption "This is the way we pray the Our Father. The prayer that Jesus taught us."
Así rezamos nosotros el Padrenuestro.La oración que Jesús nos enseñó. pic.twitter.com/ThnhdN3Ucy— Of. Información CEE (@prensaCEE) February 16, 2016
The often politically outspoken nun Lucia Caram called on Barcelona's left-wing mayor Ada Colau to "apologize to believers".
This isn't the first artistic work in Barcelona to take inspiration from the Catholic faith in recent weeks.