Catholic League Sued by California Artist
Jon Howard, a Santa Rosa, Calif., artist who is part Cherokee, said that comments made by League president William Donohue as part of his criticism of the exhibit made American Indians seem “stupid.”
The exhibit was by another artist, Antoni Miralda, at the American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts. The museum's director had told the League that the defecations are symbolic of the cycle of eating and fertilization of the earth that keeps life going.
Donohue then asked, in a statement criticizing the artwork's display, whether depicting the Lone Ranger and Tonto would have been “a more earthy statement.”
Howard complained in his lawsuit that Donohue's comment exposes him to hatred, contempt, ridicule and obloquy because it impugns that American Indians are “Tonto” (the Spanish word for “stupid”) and that California artists are “bad.”
A League spokesman said the $100 million defamation lawsuit is “absurd on its face.”
Florida Town Declares Satan Not Welcome
Risher's declaration, printed on town stationery and ritually placed inside wooden posts at four corners of town, led to the threat of legal action from the American Civil Liberties Union.
But the ACLU seemed appeased by a Town Commission vote that the proclamation was the work of an individual, not a town official, the St. Petersburg daily reported. Said Gary Edinger, an attorney with the ACLU chapter in Gainesville, “This takes care of it nicely.”
Priest Gave General Absolution After Towers Fell
Father Delendick, a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn, was one of 500 fire department personnel interviewed in an oral history project concerning the events in New York City on Sept. 11, said the New York daily.
The priest said that as he and uniformed personnel ran from the collapse of the second tower, a policeman asked him to hear his confession.
“I looked and said, ‘This is an act of war, isn't it?’” Father Delendick recounted. “He said, ‘Yeah, I believe so.’ I said, ‘Then I'm giving general absolution.’ I gave everyone general absolution and I kept running.”
Old Catholic Church Sues Hispanic TV Station
A suit brought by Father John Kroll and St. Alban's Church said a Spanish broadcast described Father Kroll as one “who poses like a Catholic priest” in a chapel rented from a flower shop in northwest Houston. The story failed to state that he is an ordained priest of the Old Catholic Church, which split from the Catholic Church after the First Vatican Council.
An attorney for Father Kroll said the story focused on the misunderstanding of many “new immigrants” that they were participating in a Roman Catholic liturgy when they were getting married and baptizing their children at St. Alban's.