We must say, Joanna looks great. But the Church isn’t exactly impressed. Deal Hudson, publisher of InsideCatholic.com, said in a statement, “It's totally inappropriate. It's another instance of disrespect toward Christianity and another example of the kind of abuse that would never occur with any other major religion, because the outcry would be so immediate and so loud that the people behind it would immediately retreat."
Catholic League President Bill Donohue also responded with a statement of his own: "The fact is that cats and dogs are a lot safer in pet stores than they are in the hands of PETA employees. Moreover, pet stores don't rip off Christian iconography and engage in cheap irreligious claims.
"PETA is a fraud. It also has a long and disgraceful record of exploiting Christian and Jewish themes to hawk its ugly services. Those who support this organization sorely need a reality check. They also need a course in Ethics 101."
But Joanna isn’t just sitting pretty here. She blasts the Catholics’ claims, saying they have no right to judge her. She responded, saying, "As a practicing Catholic, I am shocked that the Catholic League is speaking out against my PETA ads. I'm doing what the Catholic Church should be doing, working to stop senseless suffering of animals, the most defenseless of God's creation."
Take a look at the ad and vote for yourself! Is the ad racy and sacrilegious, or is Joanna just doing her job as a spokesperson for animals who are mistreated?