Well, it turns out the museum, possibly because it's under the jurisdiction of the Italian government and not the Vatican, or possibly to protect artistic freedom, or possibly just because they didn't care what the Pope thought, have gone and declared that the sculpture will remain on display (although after some deliberation, it must be said).
The Vatican says the sculpture "wounds the religious sentiments of so many people who see in the cross the symbol of God's love", and according to local government official Franz Pahl, who went on hunger strike as a protest, it is "not a work of art but a blashphemy and a disgusting piece of trash that upsets many people". However, when I first reported on this a while back I was able to non-exclusively reveal how it actually represents the “state of profound crisis” of artist, and I'm now able to update this – it is in fact "a self-portrait illustrating human angst".
I think I must have missed that episode of the Muppet Show.
On second thoughts - We haven't had a poll on here in a while so let's have a quick one – What do you think about the sculpture of the crucified frog?
- It's blashphemy - this is why we used to have the Inquisition
- It's blasphemy - nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition, but can't they take it down or something?
- It's a self-portrait illustrating human angst
- It looks like Kermit the Frog after a heavy weekend with Miss Piggy