Religion: Unchristian Hope?

"Artful filth" was what the Pilot, official weekly of Boston's Roman Catholic archdiocese, called Bob Hope's sexy gags last month. Last week Chicago's Novena Notes joined in, announcing that in a poll of 10,000 of its readers (25% of them servicemen) they had voted Comic Hope the radio and film star who "most consistently violates" Christian principles. Runners-up: Milton Berle, Eddie Cantor. Least disapproved: Fibber McGee and Molly, Fred Allen, Jack Benny, Edgar Bergen.

Hope's prime offense, according to Novena Notes' editor, Father Terence Aloysius Seery: "His remarks about girls —when he mentions what...

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