DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN     January 8-10, 1999     vol. 10, no. 5

NEWS & VIEWS
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ONLINE PORNOGRAPHER SPONSORS COVERAGE OF PAPAL VISIT

          SEATTLE (CWNews.com) - A notorious purveyor of online pornography announced this week that his company will sponsor a web site offering live coverage of Pope John Paul II's visit to St. Louis this month.

          Seth Warshavsky of Internet Entertainment Group said there is a natural synergy between his regular business of pornography and the papal visit. "The Pope and our company share many of the same interests. Sex is what drives our business and sex is a main concern of the Catholic Church," he said.

          The Archdiocese of St. Louis, which is sponsoring the papal visit, have already expressed its displeasure with the web site. "Our attorneys have already heard from the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the clerics are not happy with our treatment of this important event," said Warshavsky. "However, we think it is important to remind our audience that the Catholic Church has had a very rich sexual history and still plays a powerful role in the sex lives of its members. We mean no disrespect to the Pope, we merely want to make sure the record is balanced."

          The site at www.papalvisit1999.com will carry a complete schedule of events, a biography of the Holy Father, a bibliography of his writings, but will also carry Warshavsky's version of the Church's sexual history, including purported scandals and so-called secret guidelines for confessors. Warshavsky gained headlines last year for publishing nude photos of radio personality Dr. Laura Schlesinger, selling a personal videotape of actress Pamela Lee Anderson and her former husband Tommy Lee, and setting up a hoax in which two supposed virgins would have sex for the first time live online.


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January 8-10, 1999       volume 10, no. 5
NEWS & VIEWS

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