The New Anti-Catholicism
Over the past several years, evidence has been mounting that new forms of an old bigotry, anti-Catholicism, are befouling American public life. Consider these incidents, listed in chronological order:
• In 1989, the National Endowment for the Arts funded an exhibition of paintings about AIDS. The catalogue for the show described Cardinal John O’Connor of New York as a “fat cannibal” and a “creep in black skirts,” and referred to St. Patrick’s Cathedral as “that house of walking swastikas on Fifth Avenue.” The New York Times, commenting on the subsequent controversy, referred to these characterizations as matters of “critical opinion.”
About the Author
George Weigel is a senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. and the author most recently of God’s Choice: Pope Benedict XVI and the Future of the Catholic Church (HarperCollins).