Catholic officials are demanding an apology from 'SNL's' Pete Davidson after he compared sex abuse allegations against R. Kelly to the church

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  • Pete Davidson compared supporting the Catholic Church to being an R. Kelly fan on a “Weekend Update” segment of “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend.
  • R. Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
  • The Catholic Church is facing sexual abuse scandals worldwide, and recently had a summit to discuss combating the problem.
  • The Catholic Church’s Diocese of Brooklyn called Davidson’s joke “disgraceful and offensive” and asked for an apology.

Officials from the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn are demanding an apology from Pete Davidson after he compared supporting the church to being a fan of R. Kelly, who is facing a number of sexual abuse allegations.

Davidson made the comment during the “Weekend Update” segment of “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend, in which he called Kelly “a monster who should go to jail forever.”

“But if you support the Catholic Church, isn’t it the same thing as being an R. Kelly fan?” he joked. “I don’t really see the difference, except, like one’s music is significantly better.”

The Diocese of Brooklyn called Davidson’s joke “disgraceful and offensive,” and demanded an apology from the comedian.

“The faithful of our Church are disgusted by the harassment by those in news and entertainment, and this sketch offends millions. The mockery of this difficult time in the Church’s history serves no purpose,” the diocese said in a statement. “The clergy sex abuse crisis is shameful, and no one should ever get a laugh at the expense of the victims who have suffered irreparably.”


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The Catholic Church is facing sex abuse allegations worldwide and recently held a summit to discuss combating such alleged behaviour within its organisation. Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

In the Diocese of Brooklyn’s statement about Davidson’s joke, it said it “strives every day to ensure that sexual abuse by clergy never happens again.”

“It is likely that no other institution has done more than the Catholic Church to combat and prevent sexual abuse. The insensitivity of the writers, producers, and the cast of ‘SNL’ around this painful subject is alarming,” the statement said.

INSIDER has contacted NBC for comment.

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