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ABC-TV DISCOVERS “POPE JOAN”
Catholic League ^ | December 29, 2005 | Bill Donohue

Posted on 12/29/2005 11:45:43 AM PST by NYer

Tonight, ABC’s “Primetime” will air a segment, “On the Trail of Pope Joan,” that raises questions about the possible existence of Pope Joan.  Catholic League president Bill Donohue weighed in today:

 

“ABC has been busy questioning the divinity of Jesus for years, what with its infamous ‘Search for Jesus’ specials.  In May of this year, it went back to the well again with a ‘20/20’ episode questioning the resurrection of Jesus.  Correspondent Elizabeth Vargas told viewers: ‘Whether the resurrection proclaimed by the disciples was physical, metaphysical, or simply a hallucination—the dreams of grieving followers,’ is not known.  In other words, Christians have likely been duped.  And tonight we learn that we’ve been duped again—a woman pope ruled in the ninth century.

 

“Diane Sawyer not only wants us to believe in Pope Joan, she takes us to exact street where she processed.  ‘Fact or Fiction’ she exclaims!  Indeed, Sawyer tells us that Pope Joan gave birth while processing.  Pope Joan, she says, dressed in male garb, but this is not an historical anomaly: Sawyer shows us a picture of a woman dressed as a soldier in the U.S. Civil War and then proclaims, ‘Which brings us back to Joan.’  But of course.  Another segue could have been little girls dressed up as GI Joe on Halloween, but that might have unsettled the sure-mouthed Sawyer.

 

“Sawyer does not interview either Paul Johnson, the world renowned historian and author of ‘The Papacy,’ nor does she interview Eamon Duffy, the brilliant historian from Cambridge and author of the magisterial volume, ‘Saints and Sinners: A History of the Popes.’  Had she done so they would have laughed in her smug face.  So who does she rely on?  Donna Cross and Mary Malone.  Cross wrote a novel about the mythical Pope Joan and has no standing among scholars.  Malone is an ex-nun who lost her faith and hates the Catholic Church.  ‘I can no longer pray,’ she said in 1996, ‘because of the language, and because it seemed so essential as the core of the tradition that God be male.’

 

“In other words, ABC’s gospel has no room for Jesus but plenty of room for Pope Joan.  We could squeeze more truth from a used-car salesman than we could from these people.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: abc; abcnews; catholic; dianesawyer; jesus; pope; popejoan; resurrection; revisionism; urbanlegend
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1 posted on 12/29/2005 11:45:44 AM PST by NYer
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2 posted on 12/29/2005 11:46:55 AM PST by NYer ("Socialism is the religion people get when they lose their religion")
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To: NYer

Next week - a very special Prime Time Live about the curious story of Maria Monk.


3 posted on 12/29/2005 11:47:01 AM PST by wideawake
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To: NYer

*sigh*


4 posted on 12/29/2005 11:47:59 AM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought." Pope JPII)
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To: wideawake

Pope Joan's jig was up when she gave birth.


5 posted on 12/29/2005 11:48:12 AM PST by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: wideawake

bump for later


6 posted on 12/29/2005 11:48:16 AM PST by joe fonebone (Thin skinned people make me sick!!!)
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To: NYer
Same stuff, different day.

Next up on Prime Time--"Mohammad: Prophet of Allah, or Whacked-out Pedophile?"
7 posted on 12/29/2005 11:50:15 AM PST by Antoninus (Hillary smiles every time a Freeper trashes Santorum.)
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To: NYer

File it under 'Geeze, Not This ***t Again'. I'll be at a quilt shop spending money.


8 posted on 12/29/2005 11:52:36 AM PST by Jaded (The truth shall set you free, but lying to yourself turns you French.)
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To: Antoninus
Ooh, you'll never see the MSM question a single tenet of Islam in the same way the question Christianity. It'll be more like "Mohammed: Prophet of Allah, or Really Really Cool Prophet of Allah?"
9 posted on 12/29/2005 11:52:43 AM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: Antoninus

Not a chance that wouldn't be prudent.


10 posted on 12/29/2005 11:53:42 AM PST by airedale ( XZ)
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To: NYer
With the way the Papacy was handed out in extreme nepotism in the early years of the catholic church, a female pope is a possibility, but very unlikely.

The early history of the papacy is not a pretty thing. From being the controller of great amounts of wealth handed out for favors to holding orgies, its history is not what most would think it is.

11 posted on 12/29/2005 11:54:32 AM PST by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: NYer

Alright ABC.  You win.  The whole Jesus thing is a hoax, you've convinced me.  Now I'll sit quietly and watch your Desperate Houswives and whatever other garbage you want to feed me.

I'm just glad you dumped Monday Night Football, so I don't ever have to watch your stupid network again.

Owl_Eagle

"You know, I'm going to start thanking
the woman who cleans the restroom in
the building I work in.  I'm going to start
thinking of her as a human being"

-Hillary Clinton
(Yes, she really said that
Peggy Noonan
The Case Against Hillary Clinton, pg 55)

12 posted on 12/29/2005 11:54:56 AM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: NYer

Why is this old legend so hot right now?


13 posted on 12/29/2005 11:55:22 AM PST by exile (Exile - Helen Thomas tried to lure me into her Gingerbread House.)
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To: NYer

It's an "Urban" myth...........


14 posted on 12/29/2005 11:56:06 AM PST by Red Badger (And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him)
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To: Owl_Eagle
I'm just glad you dumped Monday Night Football, so I don't ever have to watch your stupid network again.

How true is that. I almost stopped watching Monday Night Football all together thanks to the ubiquitous commercials for the rest of ABCs atrocious line-up. I couldn't sit there in good conscience and watch that cr@p (even for 30 seconds) with my little son in the room.
15 posted on 12/29/2005 11:57:35 AM PST by Antoninus (Hillary smiles every time a Freeper trashes Santorum.)
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To: Gordongekko909
What about Mohammed: Prophet or Child Molester?.........
16 posted on 12/29/2005 11:58:09 AM PST by Red Badger (And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him)
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To: Red Badger

Not in the MSM.


17 posted on 12/29/2005 11:59:23 AM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: NYer
>ABC-TV DISCOVERS “POPE JOAN”

Pope Joan (Diane Sawyer looks at FEMALE POPE)

ABC Pushes Anti-Catholic "Pope Joan" Tale

18 posted on 12/29/2005 12:00:07 PM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: exile
Why is this old legend so hot right now?

Feminism! The feminists are paving the way for the release of The daVinci Code.

19 posted on 12/29/2005 12:00:12 PM PST by NYer ("Socialism is the religion people get when they lose their religion")
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To: NYer

Guess the fact that it's not true won't stop them.


20 posted on 12/29/2005 12:01:53 PM PST by exile (Exile - Helen Thomas tried to lure me into her Gingerbread House.)
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