BIGOTRY TARS TWO NEW YORK STATE CAMPUSES

March 27, 1998

For the past few months, the Catholic League has been involved in an on-going battle over anti-religious bigotry that took place on two campuses of the State University of New York (SUNY). A satisfactory resolution to this matter was reached with the Stony Brook campus of SUNY, but not with the New Paltz campus. In November, SUNY-New Paltz hosted a... [Read more...]

AMBASSADOR NOMINEE CHALLENGED

March 27, 1998

The Catholic League has asked the U.S. Senate not to confirm James Hormel as U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg. The league’s objections to President Clinton’s nominee stem from Hormel’s role in the 1996 San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Parade. Providing commentary on the parade on KOFY-TV, Hormel gave his tacit endorsement to... [Read more...]

THE CATHOLIC LEAGUE AT 25 (1973-1998)

March 27, 1998

William A. Donohue On April 16, the Catholic League will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a dinner at The Plaza in New York City (see p. 7 for the details). There is much to celebrate, as well as much to focus on down the road. Were it not for Virgil C. Blum, S.J., there would be no Catholic League. The founder of the Catholic League, Father Blum... [Read more...]

THE TRUTH ABOUT POPE PIUS XII

March 27, 1998

by Sister Margherita Marchione Pope Pius XII was not a German collaborator nor was he pro-Nazi. Neither was he inactive nor silent. As a member of the Catholic Church, I resent the blatant accusations against the diplomacy of the Pope and the Church during World War II. This is not only indecent journalism but it also an injustice toward a man who saved... [Read more...]

THE POPE IN CUBA: MEDIA MOSTLY FAIR

March 27, 1998

While overshadowed by President Clinton’s latest scandal, Pope John Paul II’s historic visit to Cuba in January received, for the most part, very fair treatment from the American media. The Pope’s strongly worded Gospel messages promoting faith, family, and the sanctity of life were all thoroughly and accurately reported, as was the outpouring... [Read more...]

“SOUTH PARK” STOOPS TO THE GUTTER

March 27, 1998

The Catholic League took strong exception to the February 4 episode of the Comedy Central cartoon, “South Park.” It featured a boxing match between “Jesus” and “Satan.” In addition to the violence, the script included a priest character who shouts, “Jesus, you’re gonna kick ass”; a boy who coaches Jesus... [Read more...]

FCC COMPLAINT FILED

March 27, 1998

For the past few years, the San Diego chapter of the Catholic League has been in a battle with a local radio program, the “Dave, Shelly & Chainsaw Show.” The league’s central complaint, as stated by chapter president Carl Horst, is that the “Lash Wednesday” segment of the show is blasphemous: it invites listeners to “confess”... [Read more...]

SLAMMING PRIESTS AND NUNS

March 27, 1998

It pains the Catholic League to learn of news reports involving the sexual indiscretion of a priest or nun. The league’s position is to issue no comment on those in the media who fairly criticize the Church for not doing enough to check this (or any other) problem. But when criticism extends beyond allegedly culpable sources to the entire corpus of... [Read more...]

DECEIT UNMASKED

March 27, 1998

An editorial in the Asbury Park Press struck the Catholic League as deceitful and that is why the incident did not go unchallenged. The New Jersey newspaper was good enough to print a letter registering our complaint. To the average reader, the editorial in question sounded reasonable enough. The Asbury Park Press was taking issue with a decision... [Read more...]

BRIEF FILED AGAINST YALE

March 27, 1998

The Catholic League has filed an amicus brief on behalf of Orthodox Jewish students at Yale University who have had their religious liberties abridged. The league’s brief, prepared by William Bentley Ball, was recently filed in United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. Yale contends that it has a right to force freshman and sophomore... [Read more...]

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