Critically acclaimed Irish artist Kevin Sharkey produced the startling image after the Pontiff labelled gay marriage one of the most “insidious and dangerous” threats to the world today. The 47-year-old Irish artist reacted to Pope Benedict’s statement in May that gay marriage is one of the most “insidious and dangerous” threats to the world by painting a canvas called “You May Now Kiss The Groom.”
Donegal-born Sharkey, 47, says he hoped the work would put the Pope’s claim in context, and show the couple in an innocent and inoffensive light.
Sharkey said, “I am familiar with the traditional stance which the Catholic Church is expected to take, but I just felt condemning thousands of innocent people with such strong remarks is both un-Christian and insulting.”
The artist added, “When I think all the evil in the world, from terrorism, to disease, to famine, I find it horrifying that a man with the Pope’s incredible power and influence can only focus on something as minor as gay marriage.”