"If you support the Catholic Church, isn't that the same thing as, like, being an R. Kelly fan?" Davidson asks. "I don't really see the difference, only one's music is significantly better."
But the remark wasn't funny to the Church's Diocese of Brooklyn, which is now demanding a public apology from the series.
“The mockery of this difficult time in the Church’s history serves no purpose," the lengthy statement from the Diocese of Brooklyn read in part. "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. The Diocese of Brooklyn strives every day to ensure that sexual abuse by clergy never happens again."
The statement concludes: "The insensitivity of the writers, producers, and the cast of 'SNL' around this painful subject is alarming."
Neither Davidson nor "SNL" have responded to the Church's comments.
Davidson has been in the news of late not only for his comedy but for his love life as well. After being famously dumped by fiancee Ariana Grande, Davidson is dating Kate Beckinsale, who is 20 years his senior.