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[CATHOLIC CAUCUS] Does 'Late Nite Catechism' mock Catholicism?; Anne Rice's 'vampire logic'
Renew America ^ | 7-30-10 | Matt C. Abbott

Posted on 07/30/2010 12:06:34 PM PDT by mlizzy

Although I haven't seen it — and I really have no desire to see it — I think it's safe to say that the play Late Nite Catechism has been at least somewhat popular among Catholics, even being advertised in the Catholic New World, the Archdiocese of Chicago's official newspaper. I wouldn't be surprised if it's advertised in other diocesan newspapers as well.

But not all Catholics are pleased with this theatrical attempt at humor.

Bill Donohue, president of the despised-by-dissenters Catholic League, has stated:

"Late Nite Catechism 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...."

On another occasion, Donohue stated:

"Quite a few members have written to us complaining that the play, Late Nite Catechism, is popular with a number of Catholics. We stick by our guns: While it is far from the worst play on Catholics (that award goes to Sister Mary Ignatius), it nonetheless caricatures Catholic customs and traditions as they existed in the pre-Vatican II era, the result being a trivialization of Catholicism....

"For the league, it makes no difference whether it is the Church before or after Vatican II that is being held up to public ridicule. However, we sadly recognize that this is a view that is obviously not shared by all Catholics, including some nuns and priests. To those who disagree with the league's assessment, perhaps they can explain to us why the New York Times has chosen to characterize the play as follows: 'Like the best standup comics...Ms. [Maripat] Donovan, who plays the overwhelming and vastly appealing character... is willing to push her act right over the edge.' Now if the Times can figure out what's going on, why can't some Catholics?"

Catholic activist Arlene Sawicki (who, like Donohue, has attended the play) points out that, in addition to the actresses' liberal agenda, they have also participated in Chicago's "gay pride" parade since 1993.

"It sure begs the concern for those of us who don't think this group should support sodomy on parade," Sawicki says.

Now, while the actresses have donated a substantial amount of money to various religious retirement communities (most of which are left-leaning at best and neo-modernist at worst, from what I gather), wouldn't it be better for Catholics to donate directly to the communities they wish to help and skip this rather stupid play?

You know my answer.

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Vampire novelist Anne Rice, who "flirted" with Christianity — or at least, her own brand of Christianity — for several years, recently announced her apostasy via Facebook:

"I quit being a Christian. I'm out. In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life. In the name of ...Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen." (Source)

On one hand, it's a sad development, but on the other hand, I respect Rice for publicly apostatizing instead of continuing to masquerade as a Christian. I wish others of like mind would follow suit.

It seems Rice still suffers from "vampire logic." Pray for her. And for me.


TOPICS: Catholic
KEYWORDS: catechism; catholic; rice; vampires
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1 posted on 07/30/2010 12:06:38 PM PDT by mlizzy
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To: mlizzy

Why doesn’t Anne become a Unitarian. They believe in everything.


2 posted on 07/30/2010 12:17:08 PM PDT by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: mlizzy

Anne Rice has left Christianity, as per her announcement on her face book page, so why would anyone expect her to behave other than anti-Christian?


3 posted on 07/30/2010 12:35:02 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: mlizzy
Bill Donohue, president of the despised-by-dissenters Catholic League, has stated:

"Late Nite Catechism 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.

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Thank God for Bill Donohue. He's a true soldier; a most remarkable man.

4 posted on 07/30/2010 12:36:44 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

Indeed! He works very hard, that is true.


5 posted on 07/30/2010 2:08:12 PM PDT by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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To: MEGoody

Well, Christians will pray for her, but, yes, it’s good she’s not a pretender.


6 posted on 07/30/2010 2:10:36 PM PDT by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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To: mlizzy

My wife and I went to Late Night Catechism a few years ago in the parish hall. I thought I’d die from hysterical laughter. Of course I thought it was hilarious the same way I think Tom Lehrer’s “Vatican Rag” is funny. The line “Ave Maria, Gee it’s good to see ya” pretty much sums up the current “Sign of Peace” perfectly.

I even won a crucifix penknife for being class monitor during intermission. That drives my conservative friends crazy. I don’t think Late Night Catechism is mocking Catholicism... I think it mocks us, but not the Faith. A very fine line I suppose.


7 posted on 07/30/2010 3:07:04 PM PDT by Legatus
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To: Legatus
I don’t think Late Night Catechism is mocking Catholicism... I think it mocks us, but not the Faith. A very fine line I suppose.
I must be honest with you, I've never seen it. Do you remember SNL doing a skit where the actress was a Catholic school girl and her skirt was way short, and she was always sniffing her hands after rubbing her armpits? If so, what did you think of that? We thought it was so gross, we couldn't even watch it for a minute ...
8 posted on 07/30/2010 3:21:28 PM PDT by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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To: mlizzy
Do you remember SNL doing a skit

Oh well yeah, those were just nasty.

Search Late Night Catechism on youtube, I think there are a pile of clips there that will give you the general idea. As I wrote earlier, it does make fun of us but in a light-hearted way.

For me at least it was very nostalgic, even though I was raised protestant I was educated by religious sisters through sixth grade and the women who do the show really know their stuff. I loved those nuns, and anything that makes me remember them fondly is a good thing.

9 posted on 07/30/2010 3:41:32 PM PDT by Legatus
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To: trisham
Thank God for Bill Donohue. He's a true soldier; a most remarkable man.

Yeah? Well he's a dead wrong here. I've seen the show many times. Not only is it accurate, in the end Catholicism comes off in a very good, approachable light.

10 posted on 07/31/2010 9:58:39 AM PDT by NucSubs
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To: Legatus; mlizzy
I don’t think Late Night Catechism is mocking Catholicism... I think it mocks us, but not the Faith.

Well put.

11 posted on 07/31/2010 9:59:43 AM PDT by NucSubs
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