The movie “Priest,” produced by the BBC and released by Miramax, a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company, provoked the Catholic League to lead a storm of protest against the film and Disney (see “Something Stinks in the Magic Kingdom: “PRIEST”’ for an analysis of the movie). The movie is arguably the most anti-Catholic... [Read more...]AP Responds to League Complaint
On March 10, the Associated Press (AP), in a story on a court ruling upholding a law barring doctors from engaging in assisted suicide, disclosed that federal appeals court judge John T. Noonan was a Catholic. Dr. Donohue sent a letter to AP executives asking, “Why does AP think it important for the public to learn of a judge’s religion... [Read more...]There’s Anger in the Land
The founder of the Catholic League, Father Virgil Blum, was fond of saying how Catholics lacked the courage that was needed to combat bigotry. Unfortunately, Father Blum’s observation, made during the 1970s and 1980s, had a certain ring of truth to it. But these are the 1990s and the organization he launched is now in the throes of what he always... [Read more...]From My Viewpoint
John Cardinal O’Connor Archbishop of New York Every once in a while a movie reminds you of how lucky you are, especially if you don’t even have to go see it. Michael Medved’s reviews are usually good enough for me. When he calls a movie blatantly anti-Catholic, I usually don’t bother checking further. This time, out of curiosity,... [Read more...]Something Stinks in the Magic Kingdom: “PRIEST”
By William A. Donohue The movie “Priest” is a cruel caricature of Roman Catholic priests, one that is so blatantly unrepresentative of most priests as to qualify as an invidious stereotype of the Catholic clergy. Worse, the movie invites the audience to see the Catholic Church as the causative agent of priestly despair. There are five priests... [Read more...]PETITION AGAINST DISNEY
We, the undersigned, have a message to Disney: you bit off more than you can chew when you offended Catholics with the release of “Priest.” Your decision to defiantly stand behind Miramax is going to cost you dearly, both in terms of money and in terms of goodwill. We will boycott Disney products, sell Disney stock, cancel subscriptions... [Read more...]Church Catches Hell In ”Priest”
By Don Feder If an institution is known by the enemies it makes, the Catholic Church should feel honored by Hollywood’s entrenched hostility, which is manifest in the new movie “Priest.” “Priest,” which opened in New York and Los Angeles last Friday, is so warped that it could only come from an entertainment industry at... [Read more...]What’s Happening to Disney?
To see the Catholic League’s op-ed page ad which appeared in the April 10, 1995 issue of the New York Times click [here]. Read More →