Catholic officials in New York City demanded on Monday an apology from â€œSaturday Night Liveâ€Â and NBC for Pete Davidsonâ€™s â€œdisgraceful and offensiveâ€ jab at the church in a bit involvingÂ R. Kelly.
In the â€œWeekend Updateâ€ segment on the show, the comedian noted that Kelly, a singer facing multiple charges of sexual abuse, â€œis a monster who should go to jail forever.â€Â
â€œBut if you support the Catholic Church,â€ he continued (as seen in the clip above), â€œisnâ€™t that like the same thing as being an R. Kelly fan? I donâ€™t really see the difference, except like oneâ€™s music is significantly better.â€
The Diocese of Brooklyn blasted the routine in a statement.
â€œThe faithful of our Church are disgusted by the harassment by those in news and entertainment, and this sketch offends millions,â€ it said. â€œThe mockery of this difficult time in the Churchâ€™s history serves no purpose.Â 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.â€
The church is facing a wave of child sex abuse scandals globally while Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, some of which allegedly involved underage girls.
â€œSaturday Night Liveâ€ and NBC declined comment.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.