Spain’s worst-selling author gets her fan back

Written by Staff Writer Clara Ponsatí from Madrid, the best-selling author of erotica novels under the pen name Graneja (villainess), has come under attack at the hands of a Spanish bishop. Bishop Enrique Vazquez…

Spain's worst-selling author gets her fan back

Written by Staff Writer

Clara Ponsatí from Madrid, the best-selling author of erotica novels under the pen name Graneja (villainess), has come under attack at the hands of a Spanish bishop.

Bishop Enrique Vazquez Chapuis, a theologian with the diocese of El Cobre in Galicia, announced on his website that he was stripping Ponsatí of all priestly faculties and considering excommunication. The bishop, himself a priest, believes Ponsatí has become a “disgrace to the church” because of her “evil” plot to marry the bishop.

His comments came two days after a judge ordered Ponsatí to divorce her husband, painter and sculptor Rodrigo Nieto, with a view to divorcing him. In a tweet from his profile, Nieto posted a copy of the court decision with the caption “Honour be damned!”

She has previously been depicted in Madonna portraits by Ricardo Salazar Poveda. Speaking to Spanish TV channel Antena 3, Ponsatí said Salazar had not been asked to paint her. “He comes from the monastery and he has been misunderstood in the press.”

Family affair

Ponsatí’s son, who uses the name Carlos Nieto and is author of the digital book “Fifty Shades of Me,” responded in a lengthy post on his blog, criticizing the bishop.

“How hypocritical is this bishop, who says that he is shocked at what his daughter has done, yet he is just as bad as his daughter for having an affair himself? Isn’t it he who has betrayed her?” he said.

Salazar said that the family was undertaking a spiritual journey to seek the blessings of God.

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