THE New York TIMES HAS TO REACH ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE 18TH CENTURY FOR DENIS DIDEROT’S SCANDALOUS PORTRAYAL OF A NUN’S LIFE IN A CONVENT



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“The Nun” Opens In New York
January 4, 2019Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on a movie that opened in New York today:
                
“La Religieuse” (“The Nun”) opens today in New York City for two weeks at the Film Forum. It is based on a novel by the 18th-century French writer, Denis Diderot. The New York Times provided almost a half-page review, complete with a large picture of a nun in habit standing behind a jail-like facade.
 
The French movie, like the book, bashes the Catholic Church. It is reviewed by J. Hoberman, who quotes what the paper’s movie critic, Vincent Canby, said about it when it debuted in 1971. “It’s with pleasure that I report its arrival,” he said.
 
Hoberman explains why the Times is attracted to the movie. Commenting on the central character, Suzanne, he writes, “At her first convent, Suzanne is subject to torture, interrogation and ostracism.” At her second convent, she meets the “flighty libertine abbess” who runs the joint, “experienc[ing] another sort of torment.” Hey, what’s not to like?
 
There is more to the script than what Hoberman allows.
 
After Suzanne is forced into the convent by her lousy parents, she is beaten and harassed by evil nuns. When she is transferred to the second convent, she meets a Mother Superior who is—you guessed it—a lesbian. But Suzie wants nothing to do with her advances, and this drives her  predator boss insane, followed by death.
 
Now who would concoct such trash? Why the Enlightenment genius, Diderot, author of the famous Encyclopedia, a 35-volume exaltation of reason and knowledge. Like so many of the French intellectuals at the time, he was an atheist, something unappreciated by his parents (they  wanted him to become a priest) and his Jesuit teachers.
 
What would possess Diderot to paint such a dark picture of nuns? Anger. Anger at the Catholic Church’s sexual ethics: He was a womanizer and a libertine, a man whose conception of sexual freedom included a rejection of the taboo against incest. That’s right, the same man who condemned fidelity in marriage and the Church’s embrace of it, found objections to sexual relations between mothers and their sons to be outdated.
 
Why is it that so many intellectuals who hate the Church’s teachings on sexuality turn out to be either predators or perverts? Maybe someone at the New York Times can answer that.

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1 Response to THE New York TIMES HAS TO REACH ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE 18TH CENTURY FOR DENIS DIDEROT’S SCANDALOUS PORTRAYAL OF A NUN’S LIFE IN A CONVENT

  1. Catherine says:

    With all due respect to you, Your Excellency, I think you have completely missed the entire point. They hate the Catholic Church as its teachings (and its founder, Jesus Christ) constitute an unending goad to their consciences. They hate purity and innocence, and want to destroy that as well, for the same reason. They also want to be free to follow their sexual perversions wherever they may lead. In a way, they are all wannabee psychopaths and sociopaths.
    Works of “art” such as this are really dressed-up pornography, and also serve to titillate the consumers of such filth.
    I remember when I was in undergrad back in the 1970’s that this sort of thing was rife on college campuses. I also remember a few years back when the Nun of Kenmare (I think that was her name) had a brief resurgence of popularity, apparently also a lot of name-dropping. She was a real 19th century convert to Catholicism who served as a teaching nun for some years, wrote several valuable history schoolbooks, founded a religious order which still may exist in Washington State, and then locked horns with a very famous English Catholic. Became his enemy, tried to destroy him, abandoned her vocation, and wound up in the USA, I believe in the State of Alabama. She wrote a pornographic novel or two along the same lines (the purported sexual goings-on of nuns in the convent) which sold extremely well.
    Lastly, let us not forget that there is a tremendous amount of $$$ to be made here!

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