HBO OFFERS TABLOID LOOK AT CATHOLIC CHURCH

April 29, 1996

On May 6, Home Box Office is scheduled to air Priestly Sins: Sex and the Catholic Church.  The one hour special focuses on the issue of sexual abuse in the priesthood.  We are told that the problem is one of “epic” proportions and that the root cause is celibacy.  William Donohue has seen the film and made the following comments about it today: “The... [Read more...]

The Media War on the Catholic Church

April 23, 1996

by William A. Donohue (Catalyst 4/1996) The coming of Spring traditionally signals a new beginning, a time for men and women of good will to examine their lives and work, and to resolve to do better in the future. In that vein, I ask our national news media to consider the job they are doing of covering religion in America. Any honest examination would... [Read more...]

AN OPEN LETTER TO MAYOR WILLIE BROWN

April 22, 1996

San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown is caught in a crossfire between Native Americans and Roman Catholics.  The city’s Arts Commission has approved a plaque for public display that blames Catholic missionaries for the deaths of half of California’s Indians. This event stems from the need to relocate an existing monument which depicts an Indian... [Read more...]

NEW YORK PLAY, SINGING NUN, DEFAMES CATHOLICISM

April 18, 1996

The Tragic and Horrible Life of the Singing Nun is a play that ridicules the life of the late singing nun, Jeanine Deckers. Now being presented at the Grove Street Playhouse, in New York’s West Village, the play is vulgar and defamatory of Catholicism. Catholic League president William Donohue saw the play last night and issued the following comment... [Read more...]

PLAYBOY EXPLOITS CATHOLIC SCHOOLGIRLS

April 12, 1996

On the cover of the March Playboy was a picture of a young woman dressed as a Catholic schoolgirl. The woman appeared undressed in the magazine in a section titled “The Stripper Next Door.” William Donohue denounced this abuse on the NBC show Extra and issued the following statement to the press: “The cover of the March Playboy represents... [Read more...]

THE MEDIA WAR ON THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

April 12, 1996

The coming of Spring traditionally signals a new beginning, a time for men and women of good will to examine their lives and work, and to resolve to do better in the future. In that vein, I ask our national news media to consider the job they are doing of covering religion in America. Any honest examination would show that the media’s treatment of... [Read more...]

CATHOLIC BAITING PUNDITS SCORE BUCHANAN

April 12, 1996

The rise in popularity of presidential candidate Patrick Buchanan has triggered a trail of Catholic baiting remarks from some of the nation’s leading political pundits. On February 28, Catholic League president William Donohue spoke at the National Press Club in Washington, DC addressing this issue. Representatives from the Catholic, Protestant... [Read more...]

GRAMMY NOMINEE JOAN OSBORNE “RELISHES” CONTROVERSY

April 12, 1996

In her album “Relish,” Grammy Nominee Joan Osborne has released two songs, both of which use Catholic themes in a manner that is disturbing. Though Osborne did not win a Grammy, she was nominated in five categories for her work. Newsweek described Osborne’s work as “an enticing marriage of the sexual and the spiritual,”... [Read more...]

“PICKET FENCES” MAY CRUMBLE

April 12, 1996

The word from Hollywood is that the CBS show, “Picket Fences,” may be retired. The show has suffered from low ratings and was bumped from its Friday 10 p.m. time slot in February. Though a decision to cancel the show has not yet been made, the prospects are not good. The Catholic League has made several complaints about “Picket Fences”... [Read more...]

ARMY AND MARINE CORPS CHANGE DAY CARE POLICIES

April 12, 1996

Until February, 1996, the Army and Marine Corps were content to have a day care policy that effectively denied the rights of religious day care providers who worked out of their homes. Under the old rules, such providers were barred from partaking in any religious exercises in their homes. But three Army couples decided to challenge the regulation and... [Read more...]

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