Catholic officials in New York City demanded on Monday an apology from Ã¢â‚¬Å“Saturday Night LiveÃ¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â and NBC for Pete DavidsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“disgraceful and offensiveÃ¢â‚¬Â jab at the church in a bit involvingÃ‚Â R. Kelly.
In the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Weekend UpdateÃ¢â‚¬Â segment on the show, the comedian noted that Kelly, a singer facing multiple charges of sexual abuse, Ã¢â‚¬Å“is a monster who should go to jail forever.Ã¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“But if you support the Catholic Church,Ã¢â‚¬Â he continued (as seen in the clip above), Ã¢â‚¬Å“isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t that like the same thing as being an R. Kelly fan? I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really see the difference, except like oneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s music is significantly better.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The Diocese of Brooklyn blasted the routine in a statement.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The faithful of our Church are disgusted by the harassment by those in news and entertainment, and this sketch offends millions,Ã¢â‚¬Â it said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The mockery of this difficult time in the ChurchÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s history serves no purpose.Ã‚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.Ã¢â‚¬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.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Saturday Night LiveÃ¢â‚¬Â and NBC declined comment.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.