IS THE MET’S “TOSCA” SACRILEGIOUS?
When Luc Bondy’s version of Puccini’s “Tosca,” opened in late September at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, there was a buzz that the show may be sacrilegious.
Bill Donohue went to see the dress rehearsal the week before it opened, to see if reports were true that at the end of Act I there was an obscene sexual act that took place... [Read more...]
CHURCH’S CRITICS WANT GAG RULE
Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments as follows:
Getting Nancy Pelosi to accept a health care bill that bans federal funds for abortion was the greatest victory scored by U.S. bishops in a generation. It also unleashed an unprecedented attempt to censor them. Their latest enemy is Geoffrey Stone writing in the Huffington Post.
Stone... [Read more...]
PENN & TELLER EXPLODE; CBS AT FAULT
The August 27 episode of Showtime’s Penn & Teller program will go down in history as one of the ugliest assaults on Catholics, or any other group, ever to air on television. Indeed, we know of no other show in the annals of television history that has even come close to this one-half hour of unrelieved hatred and bigotry. Because CBS owns Showtime,... [Read more...]
MOVIE CODE PETITION
Bill Donohue serves on the Christian Film & Television Commission’s Board of Reference, the chairman of which is Ted Baehr; he publishes MOVIEGUIDE, a publication which monitors Hollywood from a Christian perspective. Baehr has asked his board members to support him in a petition drive aimed at curbing offensive fare in the movies. We urge you... [Read more...]
YALE OPTS FOR CENSORSHIP
Yale University has disgraced itself. Even those with no connection to the prestigious Ivy League institution are rightly angry at the hypocrites who run the university. Here’s what happened.
In 2006, a Danish newspaper printed some inoffensive cartoons of Muhammad. None was obscene and none came close to the kind of incredibly disgusting portrayals... [Read more...]
PENN & TELLER HATE SPEECH
The following comments were made subsequent to the publication of our ad inVariety (the ad can be seen by clicking here). They were found on PZ Myers’ blog Pharyngula and in fax and e-mail messages to the Catholic League. All the comments appear in their original form:
“Welp, it finally happened. Bill got hit by that big a** truck called Penn... [Read more...]
HOLLYWOOD’S PORTRAYAL OF RELIGION
Peter E. Dans
Christians in the Movies: A Century of Saints and Sinners by Peter E. Dans (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers)
This book documents the changing portrayal of Christians in film from 1905 through 2008. Films respectful of Christianity such as “Lilies of the Field,” “The Greatest Story Ever Told,” “The Sound of Music,”... [Read more...]
MAD RUSH TO DEFEND POLANSKI
Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the mad rush to defend Roman Polanski:
The Catholic League has long suspected that, in many quarters, the outrage over priestly sexual abuse has had more to do with the status of the accused than the crime itself. Now the evidence is indisputable: a child can be drugged, penetrated and sodomized—and... [Read more...]
Emulating the European Model: Prescription for Failure
Special Report by Bill Donohue
To say the Obama administration is enamored of the European model would be an understatement—it positively adores it. That’s why the “Change You Can Believe In” crowd is in full gear trying to mimic their economic system, the most visible example of which is its health care program. If only the... [Read more...]
CRITICS LOVE VAMPIRE PRIEST FILM
When the movie “Thirst” opened in select theaters on July 31, we couldn’t help but notice how this film won the praise of the critics. The movie, the work of a Korean ex-Catholic, Park Chan-wook, is about a Roman Catholic priest turned vampire. It is strewn with blood and gore, but none of that stopped the critics from loving it.
The Los Angeles... [Read more...]