The pope's red satin panties are all in a twist over a three foot wooden statue of a crucified frog. The wooden sculpture, "Zuerst die Fuesse" (First the Feet) was created by artist Martin Kippenberger as a self-portrait. It hangs in the Museion in the city of Bolzano, Italy.
The pope wrote to Franz Pahl, the president of the region,
[The sculpture] has offended the religious feelings of many people who consider the cross a symbol of God's love and of our redemption.Pahl was so upset by the sculpture that he went on a hunger strike last summer.