Sexy 'Mary MacKillop' pics disgust church

00:49, Oct 21 2010
Sexy 'Mary MacKillop' photos disgust church
SAINTS BE: An image from the Zoo Weekly spread.

A men's magazine has been unmoved by criticism of its raunchy lingerie "tribute" to Australia's first saint Mary MacKillop.

ZOO Weekly was labelled "disgusting" by the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney after a five-page "St Mary Mac and her holy rack" spread which featured a busty model wearing a nun's habit and halo.

A dwarf, dressed as the Pope, is also pictured "blessing" her and her "heavenly hooters".

"Mary MacKillop was an independent and progressive woman who devoted her life to serving the poor, educating children and helping those in need," the Daily Telegraph reported the Archdiocese as saying.

"The ZOO Weekly Mary MacKillop spread is not only an insult to her legacy, but it is also demeaning to all Australian women."

But the publication said they were celebrating Australia's first saint's canonisation.

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"We think Mary would be thrilled and flattered at her portrayal," editor Paul Merrill said.

"But we think she'd probably be shocked at the less than saintly response we've had from some Catholics."

Merrill also said he thought the tiny Pope impersonator was "a fair representation of his Holiness".

The controversy is not the first time the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney has targetted the men's magazine.

In April, the organisation supported a call for magazines including ZOO, RALPH and People to be banned from service stations, supermarkets, newsagents, convenience stores and milk bars.

AAP