Vienna Church Hosts ‘Vagina Monologues’ Performance

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by Jules Gomes  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  March 9, 2020   

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WIENER NEUSTADT, Austria (ChurchMilitant.com) - A Catholic "family church" in the archdiocese of arch-liberal Cdl. Christoph Schönborn staged the notoriously obscene play The Vagina Monologues Saturday, claiming it was intended "to send a clear signal against violence directed at girls and women."

A flyer from the Familienkirche in the parish of Schmuckerau in the city of Wiener Neustadt advertised the play as marking "VDAY 2020" with the church's social media posts explaining that the "'V' stands for Victory, Valentine [14. February] and vagina."  

"From February to April, 5,000 such events take place around the globe every year. The aim is to prevent 'violence against women,'" the post stated, adding: 

Even if the title is provocative, don't think [of it as] bad. The texts by the American playwright are a colorful mix based on interviews with over 200 women. The evening is an appeal for self-determination, joie de vivre and courage, which unites the most diverse aspects of life, whether suffering, lust or love, and which strengthens and positively appeals to the public.

A pamphlet announced the event as "a place for young and old" but later, responding to an inquiry on Facebook, organizers "recommended" that only 16-year-olds and above could attend as the play "reading contains descriptions of violence."

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A scene from the play at the Familienkirche

The play by feminist author Eve Ensler, originally written as individual performance pieces or monologues, has been repeatedly censured by the Cardinal Newman Society, who have campaigned to remove performances of The Vagina Monologues from Catholic college campuses in the United States. 

Each year around Valentine's Day, says the Cardinal Newman Society (CNS), students and faculty on campuses worldwide take to the stage chanting obscenities, telling tales of lesbian activity and masturbation and declaring the lesbian rape of a teenage girl her "salvation" that raised her into "a kind of heaven — a claim that glorifies homosexual predation." 

Former Bp. John D'Arcy of Fort Wayne-South Bend, who opposed performances at the University of Notre Dame, hit at the double-standards underlying the play: "While claiming to deplore violence against women ... the play depicts, exalts and endorses female masturbation, which is a sin. It depicts, exalts and endorses a sexual relationship between an adult woman and a child, a minor, which is a sin and also a crime."

"These illicit sexual actions are portrayed as paths to healing, and the implication is that the historic, positive understanding of heterosexual marriage as the norm is what we must recover from," he added

The play also celebrates lesbian eroticism. One monologue, "The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy," is a story told in the voice of a sex worker who tells how she made the switch from men to women, and from a career in law to her "calling" in selling sex to women. 


A later edition of the monologues includes excerpts from an interview with the above woman, in which she describes even more vividly and positively the "lesbian-centered" experience of "entering into vaginas."

The play depicts, exalts and endorses a sexual relationship between an adult woman and a child, a minor, which is a sin and also a crime.

A monologue titled "The Little Coochi Snorcher That Could," promotes masturbation, lesbian sex and rape. The narrator in the monologue speaks of her first sexual experience with a woman in glowing terms, and this experience includes her learning "to always know how to give myself pleasure so I'll never need to rely on a man."

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A service at the church features a 
girl robed in a priest's chasuble 

In an earlier version of the play, the narrator was 13 rather than 16 and, after being raped, concludes: "If it was a rape, it was a good rape."

Catholic critic Helen Hitchcock has castigated it as "a porno circus masquerading as 'consciousness-raising' theater" while academic Lisa Evans says it is "not theater ... not a play," but "a feminist manifesto ... artistically cheap and pandered to an uneducated, TV-oriented audience."  

In her forward to the book The Vagina Monologues, feminist writer Gloria Steinem glorifies Gnosticism and Hinduism and mocks Catholicism. Praising the worship of the "yoni" (vagina) in Hindu temples "as more powerful than its male counterpart," Steinem commends Gnostic Christians who "worshiped Sophia as the female Holy Spirit."

Steinem attacks "patriarchal religions" and condemns "male religious leaders" for saying that "humans were born in sin because we were born to female creatures."

"No wonder priests and ministers in skirts sprinkle imitation birth-fluid over our heads, give us new names and promise rebirth into everlasting life. No wonder the male priesthood tries to keep women away from the altar, just as women are kept away from control of our own powers of reproduction," Steinem writes. 

Organizers said that 160 people attended the performance and the church was full. Over 2,000 euros were raised from the event.  

The proceeds of the collection from the play will go to the women's shelter (Wendepunkt association) and the Kolpinghaus girls' community in Wiener Neustadt.

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