OFF-BROADWAY PLAY MOCKS CATHOLICISM

November 11, 1996 by  
Filed under Catalyst Online, Features

William Donohue attended the preview of the off-Broadway play, Late Night Cathechism, and issued the following remarks to the press:

Late Night Cathechism continues the artistic assault on Roman Catholicism by ridiculing virtually every aspect of Catholicism. Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the Saints, the sacraments, Catholic schools, Catholic customs–nothing is considered too off-base to merit derision. In particular, the Virgin Mary is held up to disparagement in a most offensive way. Every caricature imaginable about Catholics finds its way into this play.

“This is an interactive play, meaning that members of the audience get a chance to vent their own experiences and feelings about Catholicism. Predictably, the crowd is only too willing to add to the tenor of the play by contributing nuggets of scorn. The sexual statements that the play makes about Catholic beliefs and practices are unusually coarse.

“What is perhaps most offensive about the play is its venue: St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. That a Lutheran church would host a play that mocks another religion is not only irresponsible, it rips at ecumenical dialogue. It is a telling commentary that advertisements about Late Night Cathechismsimply say that it appears at St. Luke’s Church on W.46 Street. If the play’s sponsors and the church’s pastor were honest, they would not hesitate to emphasize that it is a Lutheran church that is hosting this attack on Catholicism.”

Donohue wrote directly to the pastor of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Rev. Dale Hansen, posing the question, “Why would a pastor of a Lutheran church host a play that did nothing but mock another religion?” Should we hear something, we will let our readers know Rev. Hansen’s response.


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