Australian school removes ‘suggestive’ saint statue

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The Catholic college in Adelaide apologized on Wednesday for its statue, which was finished recently.

The unfortunate location of the loaf of bread held by the saint resulted in an incorrect interpretation.

Blackfriars Priory School stated it had commissioned a brand new sculptor to “substantially alter” the layout.

In a message published on Facebook, chief Simon Cobiac apologised to the college for “any concerns and publicity” due to the statue.

He said the college had accepted its layout and commissioned a sculptor in Vietnam, but “upon development, that the three dimensional statue was deemed by the [college] to become possibly suggestive”.

The Adelaide Advertiser newspaper said the statue was set up last week and afterwards covered with a black fabric.

It drew public attention following a picture of this statue was published on a popular Adelaide Instagram accounts, where it brought countless comments.

Mr Cobiac said the layout was thought to be a “depiction of this And downtrodden of this 16th Century”