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Pilgrimage of Reparation Draws Youth
NATIONAL COALITION OF CLERGY AND LAITY, Oct. 11—The fourth annual “Pilgrimage for Restoration” drew about 1,000 Catholics from across the United States and Canada to the Shrine of Our Lady of the North American Martyrs in Auriesville, central New York State, From Wednesday, Sept. 7-11, a statement issued by the Coalition reported.
Nearly 500 pilgrims walked seven miles from the Shrine of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha in Fonda, N.Y., along the banks of the Mohawk River to Auriesville on the final day on Sept. 11. They were joined by pilgrims who had been on a 68-mile pilgrimage from the shores of the Lake of the Blessed Sacrament (Lake George) since the previous Wednesday. Sixty people participated in the longer pilgrimage, the second annual, to commemorate the 353rd anniversary of the martyrdom of Saint Isaac Jogues, apostle to the Hurons.
According to organizers, about half of the pilgrims who participated all four days were under 25 years of age. “The general intention of the annual event is the advancement of a genuine Catholic Restoration. The theme of this year's pilgrimage — conducted in the year of God the Father — was Restoration of true devotion to Mary: Daughter of God the Father,” a statement issued by the Coalition said.
The Only Acceptable Bigotry
THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, Oct 12—Thomas Doherty, a professor of Film Studies at Brandeis University, sees Hollywood's defense of the movie Dogma as another instance of the only acceptable bigotry in American — bigotry against Catholics. The following is taken from a column he wrote in the Los Angeles daily.
“Dogma, the religious satire by writer-director Kevin Smith scheduled to open next month, has inspired a predictable wave of protest from defenders of the faith. William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, already has published newspaper advertisements condemning the film's newspaper advertisements condemning the film's ‘Catholic bashing'under the not unreasonable suspicion that comedy featuring George Carlin as a cardinal and Alanis Morissette as God will never share a double bill with The Bells of St. Mary's,” Doherty wrote, adding, “Yet whether the sins committed by Dogma turn out to be moral or merely venial, the battle between Smith and Donohue highlights the once happy, now hostile relationship between Catholicism and Hollywood. Not so long ago, the church and the studio system enjoyed a warmly symbiotic association.
Doherty went on to note the difference between the Hollywood of yesterday and the Hollywood of today, where clerics are treated as foolish at best or perverse at worst. “Today, for at least some filmmakers, Catholicism is less a religion that a ready-made sound stage for horror-films and conspiracy thrillers, a creepy cult devoted to blood-soaked rituals, child sexual abuse and the greatest perversion of all in contemporary American culture, celibacy. A clerical collar, once the sign of protection and reassurance, is now more likely the mark of the scoundrel.
“It is difficult to imagine another religion whose iconography, rituals and priesthood could be so casually demonized on screen. If Hollywood routinely portrayed African American Ministers as lustful con artists or Orthodox rabbis as sordid agents of Israel, editorial pages across the nation would launch cruise missiles at the offenders,” Doherty said.
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BY Jim Cosgrove
Catholic League Body-Slams Ventura
CATHOLIC LEAGUE, Sept. 30—Minn. Gov. Jesse Ventura is quoted in the November issue of Playboy as calling organized religion “a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers,” a statement issued by the Catholic League reported.
Said Catholic League president William Donohue, “The Minnesota Governor has now proven himself to be Jesse ‘The Bigot’ Ventura. Liberty shorn of its religious underpinnings is the real sham, as the Founders and most students of freedom have long understood. But according to the erudite Mr. Ventura, they all got it wrong.
“What Ventura is saying is that organized religion has an intrusive, and therefore deleterious effect on American society. To that end, it is only logical that he might seek to check its influence. This bears watching, as that is the position of an anti-religious bigot,” Donohue added.
Persecution of Catholics in China
THE NEW YORK TIMES, Oct. 1—The Sept. 26-Oct. 3 Register reported that Chinese authorities had destroyed 13 Catholic Churches for failing to register with the government. After seeing video footage of the destruction, veteran The New York Times columnist A.M. Rosenthal had this to say in his weekly column for The New York Times.
“I got and saw the film on Wednesday, while hundreds of top American and European business executives were attending a Shanghai “economic forum” sponsored by Fortune and its owner, Time Warner, with the blessing and manipulation of the Politburo, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mao's victory, and the decades of despotism by massacre that followed.
“Everything pertinent to trade was on the agenda, except the rights of Chinese. The C.E.O.s and company presidents, and Fortune and Time Warner, either judged these rights to have no value on any balance sheet, were foot-kissing the Politburo, or both,” Rosenthal said.
“I am asked why I write often about religious persecution of Christians, since I am a Jew, and not even religiously educated. One simple reason is sufficient: sufferings of the religious are as painful as of the secular. But there is another — neither religious nor secular freedoms will flourish where one is denied. Only if religious and secular Americans grasp that will a human rights movement exist in America that can protect them all,” Rosenthal wrote.
Marriage: The Tender Trap?
TIME, Sept. 26—Marriage is tough. This is the conclusion of a 10-year study published recently in the Journal of Developmental Psychology entitled “The Nature and Predictors of the Trajectory of Change in Marital Quality for Husbands and Wives over the First 10 Years of Marriage.” Commenting on the study was Time Magazine columnist Amy Dickinson.
“According to the research, married couples’ assessments of the quality of their marriages starts to sink rapidly just after the ‘I do’ and continues downward through the first four years. The quality of marriage plateaus after that first drop and then declines again during years eight, nine and 10.”