Roman Polanski and Hollywood Defending the Indefensible

Saturday, May 15, AD 2010

Whoopi “it isn’t rape-rape” Goldberg, Woody “I married my daughter” Allen, Martin “Jesus slept with Mary Magdalene” Scorsese, Monica Bellucci, David Lynch, Michael Mann, and Tilda Swinton are just a portion of the Hollywood crowd that are clamoring for the release of Roman Polanski who is being held in Switzerland waiting extradition to the United States.

Roman Polanski is on the run from the law for his rape of a 13 year girl in 1977 when he was a young 44 years of age.

Yesterday a former Hollywood starlet, Charlotte Lewis known for costarring opposite Eddie Murphy in The Golden Child, came out in a news conference that she was raped when she was 16 years of age in Paris by Roman Polanski when he was 50 years old.

Her reasons for coming out now?

Her disgust at how Hollywood is defending Roman Polanski and minimizing his offenses.

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7 Responses to Roman Polanski and Hollywood Defending the Indefensible

  • Joe Friday says it all:

  • It’s kind of funny to see figures in Hollywood do all sorts of moral gymnastics to defend Polanski. Say what you will about the scandals in the Church, you don’t see Catholics suddenly stretching Catholic teaching in order to defend genuine abuse cases.

    I can only imagine people would defend Polanski out of a horribly misguided sense of compassion, or they too have some skeleton in their closet that makes them think “that could have been me.”

    Seriously. The guy took advantage of a minor and then evaded the rulings of U.S. courts. Wouldn’t it have just been easier to do the time and move on? I mean, if he’s such an amazing and important “artist” wouldn’t all of his buddies been waiting to work with him when he was available again? Wouldn’t they have “understood” the horrible injustice of his incarceration and worked to put together projects so Polanski could “redeem” himself?

    I imagine all this is happening because Polanski, and his friends, know that going to jail means the end of his film career. I still contend to this day that had Michael Jackson been found guilty of child molestation none of us would be playing his music today.

  • Actually, we have seen some Catholic prelates stretch or dismiss church teaching to make excuses for sex offenders. Certainly it happens among cardinals who have, until recently, been “promoted.” For every Woody Allen or Tilda Swinton, there’s Bernard Law “and Order” and Angelo “Petty Gossip” Sodano.

    That said, I think Roman Polanski is a creepy criminal and should be prosecuted. If guilty, he should go to prison. I’m happy to stand shoulder to shoulder with Charlotte Lewis, Michael Douglas, and even the conservatives at AC in saying so.

  • If Polanski has two who have reported his actions then there are dozens more who have remained silent.

  • Todd,

    For once I agree with you (mostly).

    Certain prelates have done injustice to the many abused children and youth in the Church.

  • I think they should hand Polanski over to the 16th Century Brits and accuse him of being a Papist.

  • Actually, we have seen some Catholic prelates stretch or dismiss church teaching to make excuses for sex offenders.-Todd

    Got any actual examples supported by actual quotes?

    I’m most interested in your accusation that a prelate would “dismiss church teaching” – the criteria for “stretch” is potentially too subjective. Dismissal is an active act of the will. Do you really know of a statement from any of those prelates you named such as “Church teaching on this subject does not matter,” or was your accusation a rhetorical stretch?

Thanks to the Young, the Tide is Still Turning Toward Catholicism

Thursday, October 8, AD 2009

All too often I hear the familiar refrain; “how can the tide be turning if the world seems to be increasingly at odds with the Church?”  The skeptics of my book, The Tide is Turning Toward Catholicism refer to many newsworthy stories in their query of my thesis. They point to elected officials and government czars seemingly supportive of ideas that not only challenge the core of Catholic beliefs, but conventional societal beliefs about the family as well. The skeptics of my thesis point to the latest Hollywood Cause Célèbre which involves rallying around a man (famed Film Director Roman Polanski) who has admitted to raping a child of 13 when he was 45 years old. They also point to the outright mockery of the Catholic Church at the hands of the entertainment industry by those who believe the tide is turning in their direction. In addition, the skeptics of my thesis also point to stories that barely get any media attention such as an abortion clinic who prominently displayed a crucifix in their window with Jesus replaced on the cross by a chicken. Another sign in the window of the same abortion clinic read “no job too big or too small.” How could the tide be turning if this is what we see and don’t see on television news, the morning paper or on the internet they asked? Thankfully, there are many reasons that tide is turning, and we need to look no further than the young to understand why.

Keep in mind that while the tide is turning for the Church, it is turning in the wrong direction for for the world. The Church is the only one who can save the world and it is something which has already been done many times in history, which is why the enemies of the Church are so upset. If the enemies of religion would be as kind to us as they are toward the liberal mainline Protestant churches, one would have cause to be worried. However unlike the mainline Protestant churches, the Catholic Church’s numbers are not in a free fall and vocation numbers are on the increase.

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  • What a splendid hope-filled article. Thank you.

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  • Kudos on a masterpiece that Polanski can only wish to achieve. As Christ didn’t find the going to be anything but tough even though one would think his power would have made it otherwise, neither can we expect anything different. But we should look at how far Christianity has gone despite the setbacks along the way. And we know the tide will keep turning in our favor It has to if the promised victory at the end of the Bible is to be realized.

  • Amen Dave. As Bishop Chaput told those in Rome, in an editorial in an Italian magazine article, to those churchman who seemed to favor our President’s early rhetoric and his speech at ND, Free will today is valued more highly than life. Good to read your comments again and yes, the tide is truly turning. Take care and God Bless.

  • Regarding the Diocese of Rochester, last Monday the Catholic Courier (DOR’s diocesan newspaper) published a story publicly admitting what had been common knowledge locally: In a mere 8 years (i.e., from 2000 to 2008) the diocese had lost over 25% of its weekend Mass attendees.

    While diocesan leadership has blamed our decline in Mass attendance on what it terms a demographic shift (i.e., northern Catholics moving to the sun belt states), the bottom line is that DOR is losing Mass attendees 9 times faster than Catholics are leaving New York State.

    See http://www.catholiccourier.com/tmp1.cfm?nid=78&articleid=109508&cfid=4092824&cftoken=68817627

  • “and often residing in the rural parts of their dioceses”

    This is also true for our few seminarians in the Diocese of Rochester. Not one of the six was raised within the city of Rochester or its surrounding suburbs in Monroe County. Two are from Livonia, two from Elmira, one from Ontario county, and another has been residing here only a brief time since entering college. Perhaps this is a good thing, as our more liberal priests and lay Pastoral Administrators (laypeople or nuns who have full control over one or more parishes) are located within Monroe County.

    ~Dr. K

  • Dr. K. It was good to see that Elmira was listed in my old parish I left years ago ( and I do mean years ago ) Our current Bishop came from that city and there are still many othodox young people there. I remember Bishop Sheen when he did his best to create the right environment for all of us in the Diocese.

  • I believe it is a mistake to write of “Catholicism”, as though it is but another ISM. The Church and the sacraments are but the means to get us into heaven. As the Church teaches, you may go to Mass every day of your life and still fail.

    As the council fathers of Vatican II attempted to indicate, every person in the world is a potential Catholic. Being human is being almost a Catholic.

    Was it not one of the weaknesses of the Church in pre Vatican II days that it had – that its members had – too certain a sense of salvation? That it did not pay attention to Satan who roams the world seeking whom he many devour?

    The sudden rise of divorce, of contraception, of abortion demonstrated how weak were the defenses of Catholics against these temptations. And how too sure of themselves were our bishops, who even today do not “like” to bring up these subjects.

    These failed shepherds will have much to explain when called to give their accounts.

  • I hope my children or perhaps my grandchildren live to see that you are correct.

  • Dave,

    A fine start to your contribution on the American Catholic website.

    I do see these changes, but as Father Zuhlsdorf says, brick by brick.

    Lets be the change agents at each of our own parishes as we assist our churches to return reverence and orthodoxy with charity back!

  • Gabriel Austin asked, “Was it not one of the weaknesses of the Church in pre Vatican II days that it had – that its members had – too certain a sense of salvation?”

    As one who was raised in the pre-Vatican II days, including 16 years of Catholic education ending with a college diploma in 1965, I would have to answer in the negative.

    In my little corner of the world (upstate New York) we were all well aware of what mortal sin was, as well as its consequences.

    Our catechesis may have been overly legalistic at times, but it was not short on authentic Church teaching.

    That is just the opposite from what I see today in that same little corner of the world.

  • Mike writes Sunday, October 11, 2009 A.D. at 9:30 am
    “Gabriel Austin asked, “Was it not one of the weaknesses of the Church in pre Vatican II days that it had – that its members had – too certain a sense of salvation?”

    “As one who was raised in the pre-Vatican II days, including 16 years of Catholic education ending with a college diploma in 1965, I would have to answer in the negative.
    “In my little corner of the world (upstate New York) we were all well aware of what mortal sin was, as well as its consequences.
    “Our catechesis may have been overly legalistic at times, but it was not short on authentic Church teaching”.

    We were intellectually – superficially – aware of the catechism. But how deep did it sink?
    Perhaps you do not recall the [non] reception of Humanae Vitae. Encouraged by “theologians” bishops simply ignored it. It was too unpopular.

    The ferocity of Judy Brown’s work is due to her having been told by her parish priest that it was OK to use the pill. When she discovered that he lied, she became and remains furious.

    Bishop Shannon had the honesty to resign, without publicity, when he decided he could not accept Humanae Vitae.

    “That is just the opposite from what I see today in that same little corner of the world”.

    My point precisely. From overly “legalistic” to every man his own bishop, which is to say seeking excuses to do what we want to do, rather than what we ought to do.

    I harp on this because I see a misunderstanding of the work of the Church. It is not to create an institution; that institution exists and is protected. It is rather the tiresome business of getting each of us into heaven which is our future and not being overly concerned with the future on earth.

8 Responses to Roman Polanski Meets Dragnet

  • Oh, yes! Imagine Friday’s and Joe Gannon’s reaction to Polanski’s assertion that “everyone” wants to have sex with little girls.

  • “Mister, that might be true of everyone you know, but here on Planet Earth,…,”

  • Everyone can suffer from temptations no matter how sick the temptations are, but I think only FUGITIVE CHILD RAPISTS think ‘everyone’ wants to have sex with little girls.

    Even if ‘everyone’ wanted to, does that make it right?

  • Ironically, the only sensible comment (at least, comparatively speaking) came from a Hollywood Actor/Comedian Lefty, Christ Rock:

    People are defending Roman Polanski because he made some good movies? Are you kidding me?”

    Rock said on Thursday’s Jay Leno Show. “He made good movies 30 years ago, Jay! Even Johnnie Cochran didn’t have the nerve to go, ‘Well, did you see O.J. play against New England?'”

    “C’mon, man! She’s 13! I’ve seen some hot 16-year-olds that look 18, 17 that look 18. Thirteen is 13! No one gets away with having sex with a 13-year-old,” Rock said.

    “Rape. It’s rape! Rape is No. 2. It’s murder, then rape,” the comedian continued. “It’s No. 2. Like the United States, we want to capture Osama bin Laden and murder him. We’re not going to rape him. That would be barbaric.”

  • Give Jewel (the singer) credit for reacting like a decent person as well. A few days ago this came up on her Twitter feed:

    So that makes, what–three members of the entertainment industry so far who aren’t interested in getting the sonofagun off?

  • Whoops. Don’t know what happened there. Trying again:

    Polanski-admitted raping a 13 yr old-whys every1 in the arts upset hes facing jail? cause hes a gifted director? what am i missing?7:03 AM Sep 29th from web

  • Make that four–I just jumped off the Chris Rock link e thoughtfully provided in the previous post and found this:

    “Perhaps inspired by Debra Winger’s ranting, Kirstie Alley decided to weigh in on the situation via the popular time-wasting device Twitter. Composed using an interesting method of seemingly random capitalization, Alley fired off well over twenty tweets on the controversial subject, including the following: ‘JUST FOR THE RECORD….RAPE IS RAPE…this is one HOLLYWOOD STAR who does not CELEBRATE or DEFEND Roman Polanski..his ART did not RAPE her.'”
    http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2009/09/polanski_news.html

  • Brilliant video!

Roman Polanski, Hollywood, and Moral Values

Thursday, October 1, AD 2009

[Updates at the bottom of this article as of 1:47pm CDT AD 10-1-2009]

Roman Polanski

[I’ve done my best to tone down the explicit talk related to Roman Polanski, consider this a PG article instead of the usual G]

Famed Hollywood movie director Roman Polanski, who has been hiding in France since 1978, was arrested five days ago by the Swiss Justice Ministry while trying to enter Switzerland at Zurich Airport for an outstanding 1978 US arrest warrant. Polanski was going to attend the Zurich Film Festival to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.  He is now waiting extradition, which he is appealing, to the US for his crime of engaging in unlawful intimate relations* of a 13 year old girl.

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