Katherine Jean Lopez quotes from “O, Beautiful,” a play by Theresa Rebeck, which is getting praise in the New York Times:
‘This is a loving, caring Jesus,” is how the director of a play involving abortion described a leading man to the New York Times.
The play, written by a Notre Dame grad, recently took to stage at the University of Delaware. The dialogue includes a gal asking Christ: “Did you ever say, ‘I’m Jesus, and I say that stupid girls who let guys talk them into going to the back seat of their cars have to have babies?’ Did you say that ever?”
“No,” Jesus replies.
“All you talk about is, be nice to each other!” the teenager continues. “You never said nobody’s allowed to have an abortion.”
The fictional Jesus confirms her assertion.
“So can I? Can I? Can I?” she asks.
“Honestly, I — I don’t really have an issue with it,” Jesus tells her.
Honestly?Honestly. Rather than uplift and challenge, the hallmark of great art, this just seems to bring Jesus down to our broken level. Where’s the hope in that?
What shallowness. What bathos. What flaming ignorance. What a reduction of Christ’s teachings. “Be nice.” But no one has to be nice to the baby.