Skip to comments.A Profane Virgin Mary Christians Won’t Recognize
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.
Heres 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 Ofilis 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 Potters 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 heres the back story (which somehow didnt 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 Shaws 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 theres 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 Hogans 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, Shaws 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 Hes 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 thats right before her audience. That just might earn the actress the Tony Award the Times predicted.
Time for Christians to remember the Crusade!
Since Christians will not fight they must learn to accept the insults. The West once ruled the world today it whimpers.
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.
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.
But if you see Jesus on a grilled cheese sandwich... call Rome immediately!
The Testament of Mary stars Fiona Shaw, the Irish actress best know for her cinematic role as Harry Potters aunt Petunia.Why am I not surprised? Harry Potter and the Death of God," by Michael D. OBrien
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.
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!
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.
Ah yes, the one-woman play. What a wonderful way to lecture and display the skills of the writer.
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.
Offend Christ and He will forgive the repentant sinner.
Offend His Mother and we may see an anger He has never shown.
Shaw concludes her portrayal of Mary, the mother of Christ, by stripping off her clothes and standing nude thats 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.
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.
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.
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.