(Cologne, Germany) The Catholic Church has been unable to block MTV Germany from airing the controversial cartoon series "Popetown." The British-made TV cartoon makes fun of the pope and the Vatican.
A Munich court dismissed calls to ban the cartoon, arguing that the Vatican parody is “too dumb to be insulting".
Bishops from Pope Benedict XVI's home state of Bavaria filed an injunction against the broadcaster, which plannend to show the first episode of the series on last evening.
Many German Christians were upset when MTV ran a magazine ad promoting the cartoon, which featured Jesus coming down from the cross to watch television.
The cartoon features a cast of parodies of Catholic characters including a pope who bounces around the Vatican on a cross-shaped pogo stick. It was originally produced by the BBC , but never aired in Britain.
A 10-episode run in New Zealand sparked outcry over the offensiveness of the cartoon.