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A Litany of Harvey Weinstein’s Catholic-Bashing Films

Weinstein had no problem with hatred and bigotry ― he simply didn’t want it directed toward him.

By Angelo Stagnaro | 14 October 2017

Editor’s Note: The original version of this column omitted the attribution to a press release of Oct. 6, 2017, from the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. It also provided an inaccurate description of the 1995 film Priest, confusing it with the unrelated 2011 film of the same name. The Register regrets the omission and the error.

NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER — Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me nine times, shame on me.

What would you say if someone had financed and encouraged nine films bashing Jews or Muslims or women?

Racism, bigotry, misogyny are words that come to mind.

On March 24, 2015, at a Simon Wiesenthal Center awards dinner at which Christoph Waltz awarded Weinstein the organization’s Humanitarian Award, he rightfully condemned anti-Semitism in his acceptance speech, as reported by Bill Donohue of the Catholic League:

We’re gonna have to get as organized as the Mafia. We just can’t take it anymore. We just can’t take these things. There’s gotta be a way to fight back.

However, Weinstein’s desire for “peace, love and understanding” didn’t extend to Catholics and the Catholic Church. So, while the polecat Weinstein abused women, he donated money to women’s causes because of his “undying respect” for them. And, throughout his best efforts at luring women to his casting couch, Weinstein was financing films that attacked and denigrated the Catholic Church, including such priceless cinematic gems as:

  • Priest (1995), a film that centers around homosexuality, celibacy and the priesthood.
  • The Butcher Boy (1998) is about a young boy who is molested by a priest in a reform school and is fascinated by delusional fantasies about a foul-mouthed Virgin Mary played by everyone’s favorite bigot, Sinéad O’Connor. Birds of a feather flock together. […]
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