The following update came in the email on June 3 from a Palm Springs resident.

Behind the Candelabra, the homosexual movie about the aging Liberace and his young teen boy-toy, Scott Thorson, debuted on  Sunday, May 26th.

California Catholic readers will know that it was the San Bernardino diocese who made a financial deal with Hollywood producer, Jerry Weintraub to allow Our Lady of Solitude Catholic Church in Palm Springs to be used for several days as a set for the gay movie. Zsa Zsa Gabor got $75,000 from Weintraub so that her mansion could be used as part of the movie.

At the end of the show, Weintraub acknowledges the names of the cast, including those who played minor roles.  He fails to acknowledge Father John Kavcak who played a cameo part and he fails to acknowledge the San Bernardino diocese for use of the church.  The last scene, historically inaccurate, portrayed Liberace as a Catholic receiving a solemn Catholic requiem Mass. While the diocese tried to portray Liberace as a “lifelong Catholic,” Scott Thorson’s book on which the movie is based never portrayed Liberace as a Catholic. Liberace was revealed as an active promiscuous homosexual with a large pornography collection.

Mark Swed, music critic for the Los Angeles Times watched the film and called it a “trashy biopic.”

The movie was presented at the Cannes Film Festival this year, only months after France approved gay marriage.  While Weintraub hoped to capture the Palm D’Or (golden palm) award at Cannes for best film, that prize went to an explicit lesbian love story titled, Blue is a Warm Color. The head of the committee to select the award was Hollywood producer, Steven Spielberg.

The diocese, while acknowledging its role in the making of this gay film, has refused to disclose how much money the diocese received from Weintraub.