It is quite likely Zappa wrote this particular song as a riposte to "Jewish Princess
" which the ADL sought to have banned but succeeded only in generating publicity for. If one accepts the unlikely proposition that "Jewish Princess" is anti-Semitic, then "Catholic Girls" should have seen Zappa burned at the stake. Traditionally, Catholic organisations don't make as much noise as Jewish ones so it may be that the Church decided to treat it with contempt, or ignore it, or perhaps they genuinely didn't notice.
Whatever, Mary's transition on this triple concept album from Catholic girl to crew slut
, to the rather sad contestant in a wet T-shirt contest
is rapid, so perhaps Zappa was making a social point. Then again, perhaps he was just sticking up two fingers up to the world as he often did. "Catholic Girls" runs to 4 minutes 26 seconds.
Alexander Baron - London, England