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Did Comedy Central grant the Catholic League its Christmas wish?

Following the Dec. 7 season finale of South Park, titled "Bloody Mary," the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights slammed the network for its irreverent portrayal of church icons and sought to block the episode from being rebroadcast.


It appears the group may have met with success. A repeat of the finale was scheduled to air Wednesday night, but was pulled from the Comedy Central lineup without explanation.


In the episode, a statue of the Virgin Mary is believed to be bleeding from its rear end, inspiring faithful parishioners to flock from miles around to be healed by the miraculous blood.


Eventually, Pope Benedict XVI is called in to investigate, whereupon he determines that the statue is actually menstruating and thus is nothing special.


"A chick bleeding out her vagina is no miracle," the pope declares in the episode. "Chicks bleed out their vaginas all the time."


Somewhat predictably, the Catholic League was incensed by the satirical portrayal of the Virgin Mary and the pope and by the fact that the episode aired on the day before the Catholic Church celebrated its Feast of the Immaculate Conception.


The conservative group demanded an apology from Viacom, Comedy Central's parent company, to Roman Catholics everywhere and "a pledge that this episode be permanently retired and not be made available on DVD."


The Catholic League also sought a personal condemnation from Viacom board member Joseph A. Califano Jr., who the group noted is a "practicing Catholic."


Califano was only too happy to oblige. After viewing the episode, he released a statement calling the episode an "appalling and disgusting portrayal of the Virgin Mary."


"It is particularly troubling to me as a Roman Catholic that the segment has run on the eve and day of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day for Roman Catholics," Califano said.


Califano also pledged to have Viacom president and CEO Tom Freston review the episode.


Comedy Central did not respond to a request for comment on why "Bloody Mary" was yanked from the schedule.


Screencaps of the episode were no longer available on Comedy Central's press site or on comedycentral.com's South Park section.


The Catholic League previously tangled with Comedy Central in 2002 over a South Park episode titled "Red Hot Catholic Love," but failed to produce any results.


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I saw that episode, didn't think nothing of it. Just another typical Southpark!


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I missed it. Hope to see a rerun of it soon.
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It's encouraging to see that the church has finally found its voice after its silence on all of the child-molesting priests.
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Screw Southpark, their writers have no heart. I mean their content is just sick.

Family Guy is better... hell it's the best, even better than Simpsons

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I would say that there's another show show that's the best, but I'm not going to tell you which one.
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why are these churchies watching south park anywyays?

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If the episode was canceled and the creators of South Park found out that the church was behind it could you imaguine the episode they make in response to this...I am looking forward to it!
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^^^ hahaha yeah good point, I cant wait for this.

Southpark is really a very intelligent comedy if you compare it to just about anything else out there, too bad I havent watched a new episode in like 8 months since I dont have TV

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