.- Shareholders in the media giant, Viacom, will be greeted by many unhappy faces as they enter a meeting at New Yorkâs Marriot Marquis Hotel this afternoon. William Donohue, president of the Catholic League, an organization for religious and civil rights, is leading a charge, railing against the company, and their subsidiary, Showtime, for airing a program which they call âa full frontal assaultâ on the late Mother Teresa and the Catholic Church.
The program, âHolier than thouâ, starring magician entertainers Penn and Teller, paints Mother Theresa and her Sisters of Charity as âcruel, exploitative, self-serving nun[s] who ripped off the poor,â according to Donohue.
âIn the 12 years that I have been president of the Catholic League,â he wrote yesterday, âI have never witnessed a more vicious attack on Catholicism than what appeared this week on the Showtime program, âPenn and Teller.â The episode, âHolier Than Thou,â was a frontal assault on Mother Teresa and her order of nuns, Missionaries of Charity (as well as Gandhi and the Dali Lama).â
In the episode, says Donohue, âWe are told that Mother Teresa intentionally let the poor suffer, providing neither beds nor bathroom facilities. âShe had the fâking coin and pissed it away on nunneries,â says Penn. As for the nuns who worked with Mother Teresa, they are referred to as âfâking câts.ââ
The Catholic League announced yesterday that it would hold a press conference outside of the Manhattan hotel at 1:30 today and that copies of Donohueâs statement regarding the show would be handed out to shareholders as they enter.
Likewise, they said that additional copies would be mailed to bishops and other interested parties throughout the nation.
Donohue continued: âIt does not bother me when they call me âCatholic Boyâ on the show (though the term âJew Boyâ would never cross their lips), nor does it concern me when they talk about âfâkers like Bill Donohue [who] only see good in her.â But when they mock the Catholic Churchâs teaching on the meaning of suffering, and when they say of the poor that âThey had to suffer so that Mother Fâking Teresa could be enlightened,â then they are behaving like monsters.â