Philip Jenkins: Pedophiles and Priests

May 19, 1996

by William A. Donohue (Catalyst 5/1996) The issue of pedophile priests has been the source of much discussion both in and out of the Catholic community. Like all incendiary issues, it has been the subject of heated analysis, much of it irrationally based. The good news is that there is finally a book that examines the issue in a scholarly and sober... [Read more...]

“PRIMAL FEAR” MALIGNS CATHOLIC CHURCH

May 12, 1996

The Paramount movie, “Primal Fear,” which opened nationwide on April 3, maligns the Catholic Church by presenting every Catholic character as being either a sexual abuser, victim of sexual abuse or swindler. The Archbishop of Chicago is portrayed as a priest who sexually abuses young boys, commands them to have sex with girls in pornographic... [Read more...]

REPORT ON ANTI-CATHOLICISM RELEASED

May 12, 1996

The Catholic League’s second Annual Report on Anti-Catholicism was published in March. It details approximately 150 of the most egregious examples of anti-Catholicism that took place in 1995. The purpose of the report is to inform those in the media, education and government of the extent and variety of anti-Catholicism that is prevalent in American... [Read more...]

WHY I’M ANTI-LUNCH

May 12, 1996

I don’t like lunch. I have no problem with lunch on weekends, but on weekdays, that is a different matter altogether. Here’s why. The Catholic League, thank God, continues to grow by leaps and bounds. As a result, I am frequently asked to have lunch with people to discuss the secrets of our success. Sometimes the request is simply to “touch... [Read more...]

DONOHUE DEBATES PAISLEY’S VISIT TO REGENT UNIVERSITY

May 12, 1996

On March 20, Catholic League president William Donohue debated David Melton, an attorney at the Rutherford Institute, at Regent University in Virginia Beach on the subject of “The Outer Limits of Free Speech.” The debate was the result of an ongoing disagreement between the Catholic League and the Rutherford Institute regarding the propriety... [Read more...]

PBS: HERE THEY GO AGAIN!

May 12, 1996

Fear of being anti-Catholic was on the mind of a PBS anchor at New York’s affiliate, WNET. On March 11, the station re-broadcast a 1990 documentary called The Burning Times, produced by the National Film Board of Canada. In celebrating women’s history month and in raising money during their pledge drive, WNET aired this program which described the... [Read more...]

PROTEST STIRS ADL TO RESTORE PRIZE TO AUTHOR

May 12, 1996

This past winter, the Catholic League joined with several Polish-American organizations to protest a decision by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to renege on granting a prestigious literary award to Richard Lukas for his book, Did the Children Cry? Hitler’s War Against Jewish and Polish Children. The protest paid off because in the end, ADL... [Read more...]

PROTEST OF BIAS YIELDS FAVORABLE RESULT

May 12, 1996

On March 12, the Long Island newspaper, Newsday, ran a headline that caught the attention of the Catholic League. It said, “Ex-Altar Boy on Trial.” But upon reading the piece, it was clear that the past association of the 26 year-old killer had no relevance to the story whatsoever. William Donohue called the paper’s editor, Anthony... [Read more...]

BERNIE WARD SHOW DEFAMES CATHOLICISM

May 12, 1996

On March 24, the Bernie Ward Show, which originates in KGO San Francisco, defamed Catholicism by belittling the terrorism of the gay group ACT-UP. Ward was upset with the recent invasion of a mosque, but justified the 1989 invasion of St. Patrick’s Cathedral by saying “homosexuals had a good case to make.” He explained his answer by... [Read more...]

SAN DIEGO ATHEISTS HIJACK EASTER SERVICE

May 12, 1996

San Diego’s Atheist Coalition received a permit from city officials to hold a “sunrise service” on Easter Sunday on Mount Soledad. For the past 73 years, area Christians have held a respectful service at the base of the cross-bearing mountaintop. But this year, the Atheist Coalition filed for a permit before Christians did and succeeded... [Read more...]

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