Ovation: Calendario Romano 2014 aka The Hot Roman Priests.
Calendars have graced the walls of kitchens, offices, dry cleaners and filling stations for decades usually featuring a photograph corresponding with each month of the year. They have always been available in a variety of themes and have been used as advertisement and fundraising opportunities around the world. At the turn of the twentieth century, the calendar was the most prominent form of pin-up material, featuring glamorous women and celebrities, that were sometimes censored.
Today, calendars featuring beautiful scenery, exotic plants and majestic animals play second fiddle to those that have beautiful people gracing their pages. Supermodels, athletes, celebrities, musicians, lifeguards, firemen and adult entertainment performers and others sell calendars featuring photos with fireworks for July and hearts for February and you see them all over this time of year. Some are sold to raise money for various charities and some become part of an individual’s livelihood.
But one 2014 calendar currently for sale intends to give basic information and some notes on the general characteristics of the Vatican with the hope of providing answers to the questions continually asked by visitors to the Eternal City.
Venice-based photographer Piero Pazzi has compiled Calendario Romano 2014, also known as “the Roman Priest Calendar 2014”, a project that features pictures of actual Roman Catholic priests. Most of the images were reportedly captured during Holy Week 2013.
“I meet most of them on the streets in Rome and ask to take their photos. Most are happy to be photographed after I tell them the reason for the calendar… Yes, the men are good-looking, but it is just a product, a way for people to be better informed about the Vatican.” – Piero Pazzi
This isn’t the first time that Pazzi has sold a calendar featuring Roman Catholic Priests. In 2008, he found subjects for his calendar by recruiting them on his website and chose younger priests to show the world that their calling is still very much alive.
Needless to say some in the Catholic Church are not pleased by the inclusion of the priests, who do not provide the photographer with their names, in Pazzi’s work. They fear that they will become known as ‘sexy holy men’ or ‘strapping young men of the cloth’ and that the calendar sends an entirely wrong message of ‘holy men’ and God’s Roman Catholic priests.
I think it sends a fine message … “Come to the Vatican and enjoy the sights.”
What do you think? Does this calendar send the wrong message?
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