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A Profane Virgin Mary Christians Won’t Recognize
The Christian Diarist ^ | JP

Posted on 04/26/2013 10:14:23 AM PDT by CHRISTIAN DIARIST

“Full of grace and compassion,” praised USA Today. “Spellbinding & exquisitely emotional,” gushed Entertainment Weekly. “Likely to be a force in Tony races this season,” predicted the New York Times.

So on what Broadway production were those publications heaping such plaudits? “The Testament of Mary,” which opened this week on the so-called “Great White Way.”

Here’s what you would never know from reading the reviews appearing in the mainstream media: The one-woman play is one of the most patently offensive takes on the mother of Christ since Chris Ofili’s 1996 painting, titled “The Holy Virgin Mary,” in which the artist smeared elephant dung over his depiction of a black Madonna.

“The Testament of Mary” stars Fiona Shaw, the Irish actress best know for her cinematic role as Harry Potter’s aunt Petunia. The play is directed by British director Deborah Warner, who has a long-term collaborative relationship with Shaw, and is based on the 2012 book by Irish novelist Colm Toibin.

Now here’s the back story (which somehow didn’t make it into the reviews published by USA Today, EW or the Times):

Actress Shaw is a lesbian. She had a relationship with actress Saffron Burrows, who played Shaw’s lover in the British production of “The PowerBook,” a play based on the novel of the same name by Jeanette Winterson, the lesbian partner of director Warner.

Oh, what an incestuous web they weave.

Then there’s Toibin. He is a homosexual and has written about gay sex in several of his novels. He is, perhaps, most notorious for his public defense of fellow Irish writer Desmond Hogan, who in 2008 confessed to a charge aggravated sexual assault against an underage boy.

During Hogan’s trial, Toibin asked the court to be lenient with the pedophile because he is “a writer of immense power and importance.”

These are the un-worthies – Shaw, Warner and Toibin – that have brought “The Testament of Mary” to the Broadway stage. And their depravity, their decidedly un-Christian worldview is on full display.

Indeed, Shaw’s Mary bears no resemblance to the blessed virgin who appears in Gospel accounts. The actress’ bizarro Mary converses with the audience while dragging on a cigarette and sipping on a bottle of hooch.

She confides that Her son, Jesus, is not the savior He’s made out to be. She hints that His conception was not as immaculate as advertised. She dismisses as some sort of joke all “the high-flown talk” about miracles her son supposedly performed. She considers His disciples “a group of misfits.”

Shaw concludes her portrayal of Mary, the mother of Christ, by stripping off her clothes and standing nude – that’s right – before her audience. That just might earn the actress the Tony Award the Times predicted.


TOPICS: Activism; Current Events; General Discusssion; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: broadway; fionashaw; lesbian; testamentofmary
Imagine the sound and fury if a Broadway play portrayed the Muhammad in such an offensive manner.
1 posted on 04/26/2013 10:14:24 AM PDT by CHRISTIAN DIARIST
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Time for Christians to remember the Crusade!


2 posted on 04/26/2013 10:21:10 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Since Christians will not fight they must learn to accept the insults. The West once ruled the world today it whimpers.


3 posted on 04/26/2013 10:24:32 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Our only, pathetic hope is that Muslims view Mary and Christ as minor religious figures in Islam so if they learn about this, maybe the level of insult will be so great that they will start threatening to kill the people who make these disgusting plays and movies.


4 posted on 04/26/2013 10:30:56 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
I am an admirer of Colm Toibin’s writing, but I can assure you that he is no friend of the Catholic church. Indeed, he is a homosexual and so far as I can tell an agnostic at least.

Anyway, when vacationing in San Francisco at Christmas time I wondered into the bookstore at Old Saint Mary's church, the parish in Chinatown. This book was prominently displayed near the entrance among the medals and missals. I thought about telling the employees that it was likely to be a blasphemous work and had no place in a church dedicated to the Virgin. I thought better of it — knowing S.F. they may have known and not cared — but now I kind of regret that I didn't.

5 posted on 04/26/2013 10:31:52 AM PDT by irish_links
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

But if you see Jesus on a grilled cheese sandwich... call Rome immediately!


6 posted on 04/26/2013 10:35:24 AM PDT by libdestroyer
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
“The Testament of Mary” stars Fiona Shaw, the Irish actress best know for her cinematic role as Harry Potter’s aunt Petunia.
Why am I not surprised? Harry Potter and “the Death of God," by Michael D. O’Brien
7 posted on 04/26/2013 10:35:44 AM PDT by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

ofili is a piece of crap with no talent. He knew that he would reach fame rapidly by descending as low as possible. Works every time. Madonna. Paris Hilton. andres serrano.


8 posted on 04/26/2013 10:36:41 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: IbJensen

Time for Christians to remember the Crusade!

And, stand against the homo mafia~
As a Christian I will not stay quiet and allow these devils to define Christianity.
I may be only one, but d@amit I won’t shut up!


9 posted on 04/26/2013 10:39:16 AM PDT by Isabel2010
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To: Isabel2010

I won’t either. Homosexuals and lesbian sinners are as dangerous to America as Obama and Muslims.

They spread disease. They ingest fecal matter as part of their ‘love’ making and they commit the large majority of serial killings in the world.

Think of the mayhem that will erupt in households where there are two daddies or two mommies.


10 posted on 04/26/2013 10:46:31 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
My soul doth magnify the Lord
and my spirit hath rejoiced
in God my Saviour.
11 posted on 04/26/2013 10:50:56 AM PDT by Oratam
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A Irish homo playwright, and Irish homo actress and an English homo director. The play is an apt symbol of the decadence and depravity of much of modern culture.
12 posted on 04/26/2013 11:05:33 AM PDT by Godwin1
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To: IbJensen

Ah yes, the one-woman play. What a wonderful way to lecture and display the skills of the writer.


13 posted on 04/26/2013 11:15:15 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: irish_links
You should have said something anyway. I'm glad you realize it now and likely will say something at the next opportunity.

WE MUST SPEAK OUT! Otherwise we are like the silent, “good” Muslims who by their silence condone what they don't condemn.

Martin Niemöller, a prominent Protestant pastor who opposed the Nazi regime. He spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps. Germany, 1937.

Martin Niemöller (1892-1984) was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.

Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for the quotation:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

14 posted on 04/26/2013 11:34:37 AM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Offend Christ and He will forgive the repentant sinner.

Offend His Mother and we may see an anger He has never shown.


15 posted on 04/26/2013 11:40:12 AM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not indicate whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
“The Testament of Mary” stars Fiona Shaw, the Irish actress best know for her cinematic role as Harry Potter’s aunt Petunia.

--snip--

Shaw concludes her portrayal of Mary, the mother of Christ, by stripping off her clothes and standing nude – that’s right – before her audience.

Besides the tasteless, blasphemous, disgusting nature of ths filth, having Aunt Petunia strip certainly rates as an extreme public health hazard.

They'd need to use firehoses to wash the vomit out of the theater.

16 posted on 04/26/2013 11:52:54 AM PDT by jimt (Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.)
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To: faucetman

http://www.history.ucsb.edu/faculty/marcuse/niem.htm


17 posted on 04/26/2013 12:01:37 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: 353FMG
Offend His Mother and we may see an anger He has never shown.

It is especially important to understand that homosexuality is an act of violence against all that is good and holy. The obscenity of practitioners of sexual corruption is without limit.

18 posted on 04/26/2013 12:02:21 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (Better the devil we can destroy than the Judas we must tolerate.)
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To: irish_links; faucetman
Our Diocesan bookstore had a pile of books on display right before the election, right by the checkout, written by a bunch of actual, documented, google-the-names Obama activists. A Catholic election guide. I wrote a short --- couple of paragraphs --- analysis of the book, had it published in the comments section at amazon.com, sent one copy to the comments section at Paulist Press (the publisher) and anaother to the manager of the bookstore.

The Diocesan store removed the in-store books and the website link immediately.

Folks, they don't read everything they carry. They read the blurbs, look at the cover, note the publisher and assume it's OK. In other words, they act in ignorance, not in malice.

Most of the time.

(I am NOT referring to Paulist, because they knew EXACTLY what they were doing. They need the CDF to whip their sorry asterisks.)

Speak up. People respond.

Most of the time.

19 posted on 04/26/2013 1:39:44 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (" If they refuse to listen even to the Church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.")
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Blasphemous!


20 posted on 04/26/2013 4:18:47 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Sound advise. Almost everyday in our culture we encounter troubling things and we typically remain quiet out of politeness, respect for others’ privacy or simple fatigue. But there are times when we must be prepared to “offend” in the interests of what is right. Perhaps this was one of those instances, as Saint Mary’s may have unittingly led an innocent soul astray due to a simple oversight.

At the time, I was unaware that OSM is operated by the Paulists. Now that I know the truth, I am glad that I didn’t make an issue of it. The Paulists know precisely who Colm Toibin is and what the contents of the book are and would have been delighted if some backward Traditionalist had objected to it. They delight in being shocking.

As an aside, a Paulist priest from the local university (Ohio State) Neuman Center filled in for our ailing Pastor two weeks ago. When I presented myself for Communion with open mouth and hands folded he hissed at me to “stick out your tongue” with all the venom he could must under the circumstances, which was plenty. The incident really was upsetting.


21 posted on 04/29/2013 6:21:34 AM PDT by irish_links
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