.- The Catholic League responded to the recent statement of author Anne Rice, who in 2008 announced that she had returned to the Catholic faith, but now says she is no longer a Christian but remains âcommitted to Christ.â
Group president Bill Donohue called the author's rejection of Christianity a âtragedyâ in remarks issued on Friday.
On her Facebook page on July 28, Rice wrote that âToday I quit being a Christian. I'm out. I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being âChristianâ or to being part of Christianity,â
The author added that it was âsimply impossibleâ for her to belong to âthis quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group.â
She said she had âtriedâ and âfailed,â describing herself as an outsider.
âIn the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay,â continued Rice, whose son Christopher is a homosexual who writes for The Advocate, an âLGBTâ monthly. âI refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat,â she continued, also characterizing Christianity as âanti-scienceâ and âanti-life.â
However, she still described her faith in Christ as âcentralâ to her life.
In a statement on Aug. 6, Catholic League president Bill Donohue reacted to the author's comments, saying, âAnne Rice started as a believing Catholic; then she quit the Church; then she rejoined the Church; now she has quit again.â
âAll of this is as amusing as it is sad, and would be of no interest to the Catholic League save for her parting shots at the Catholic Church,â Donohue explained.
âRice said this week that when the American bishops opposed homosexual marriage, that was the 'last straw.' She offered, 'I didn't anticipate in the beginning that U.S. Catholic Bishops were going to come out against same-sex marriage,'â Donohue continued. âDid she think they would be silent on one of the most contentious moral issues of our day?â
âShe said this week that 'I refuse to be anti-gay,' thereby separating herself from all those awful Catholic bigots,â the Catholic league president added. âBut when she was asked two years ago on ABC-TV whether the Catholic Church condemns her gay son to hell, she said, 'I don't think anybody in my church would say that. I think our view is far more compassionate.' She got that right. But does she have any idea how she looks now?â
Commenting on an interview that the author had with a co-star from âThe View,â Donohue said that âRice told Joy Behar 'I myself am anti-abortion.' It didn't take long before the pro-abortion and anti-Catholic Behar snapped, 'You would deny other women the choice to have an abortion?' To which Rice said, 'I would not deny them the choice.' Yet in the same breath she added, 'I do think it's the taking of a human life.'â
âRice came back to the Catholic Church in the 1990s,â but only recently found that the Church is opposed to same-sex âmarriage,â Donohue noted. âShe said in 2008 that Catholicism is not anti-gay, but in 2010 it was so anti-gay she had to quit.â
âShe is pro-life, knows abortion kills, but sides with the agenda of Planned Parenthood. She wants Christ without the Christianity.â
âThis is more than an odyssey,â Donohue concluded. âit's a tragedy.â