Catholics furious over busty model's topless pics mocking Pope

London: A UK men magazine cover showing a glamour model posing in a priest's robe has left millions of Catholics across the US outraged.

The Catholic League - one of the most prominent religious organisations in America - has slammed Loaded after its front cover this month that apparently spoofs the recent retirement of Pope Benedict XVI.

The front page features busty British model Lucy Pinder wearing an open white robe, a cross around her neck, and holding another cross in her hand.

The 29-year-old, who is also dressed in black stockings and suspenders, is seen gazing up into the sky, wrapped in a priest's stole above the headline 'For God's Sake'.

Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, told TMZ that to see Pinder wearing a priest's stole, stitched with crosses, hardly covering her plus-sized chest "is all the more gratuitous".

And he challenged Lucy that if she has any guts, she will carefully drape herself in some Islamic garb during Ramadan, and then run for the hills.

A Loaded magazine spokesman told The Sun that it wasn't aimed with the intention of upsetting the Catholic Church or the Vatican.

Lucy also defended the controversial cover, saying the shoot is meant to be fun and very tongue-in-cheek, and that the intention was not to cause offence.