Judge Memorial Catholic High's drama department raised the curtain Thursday night on the rock musical "Rent" despite criticism from some Utah Catholics and a priest offended by the play's gay characters.
The Rev. Erik Richtsteig, pastor of St. James the Just Catholic Church in Ogden, criticized the play on his blog this week, calling it "morally destructive and offensive."
But for the person who would say, "Well, who is he to think he can call it that," I say: (a) a member of the clergy of the Catholic Church and (b) an American citizen entitled to his opinion. If you haven't any respect for his authority as a priest - and he also has the obligation to bring to the attention of his flock what he thinks could lead them to sin - then you shouldn't be upset by his comments.
I do question whether "Rent" is appropriate for the high school crowd, even watered down. For those who think it is a good thing for the children to be "exposed" to this "reality," then why not let them stage "Equus?" See, just because something was "on Broadway" does not make it family fare.
Oh, by the way, this is what Fr. Erik said at his blog. I know - it's such a tirade!