Three French dioceses have edited a photo of a priest in a cassock to make it look as if he is wearing jeans.

The apparently doctored image appeared in a fundraising poster produced by dioceses in the south of France.

Four dioceses – Perpignan, Montpellier, Nimes and Carcassonne – made a video to solicit donations for an annual collection. The video featured a priest wearing a cassock meeting young people and taking a selfie with them.

French blog Le Salon Beige said that as part of the campaign, a still shot from the video was turned into a poster. However, in the dioceses of Perpignan, Montpellier and Nimes the picture was altered to add jeans to the priest and blur out the buttons on the top of his cassock.

The picture appeared unedited in the Diocese of Carcassonne.

Writing on the New Liturgical Movement website, editor Gregory DiPippo said: “If, as this rather sad little episode seems to indicate, a diocese becomes not merely reluctant to show a priest as a priest, but positively embarrassed by the idea, it should at least be honest and admit that the money collected in its fundraising appeal will be used to pay the lawyers who handle its receivership.”

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