Monthly Archives: April 1998

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“MAD TV” BASHES CATHOLIC PRIEST

By | April 27th, 1998|Categories: Latest News Releases|Tags: |

The April 25 edition of Fox’s "Mad TV" contained a skit about an Irish Catholic priest who visits a patient in the hospital. It is intimated that the priest is a child molester and an alcoholic. It shows him grabbing the behind of the mother of the dying patient and repeatedly fondling the breasts of the [...]

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SCRANTON-AREA CATHOLIC SCHOOL DRAWS BUSY-BODIES

By | April 27th, 1998|Categories: Latest News Releases|Tags: |

On April 17, Auxiliary Bishop John Dougherty of the Diocese of Scranton spoke at Bishop O’Reilly High School. During his talk, Bishop Dougherty was greeted with disrespect by members of the junior class. School administrators and faculty overwhelmingly decided that all juniors would be barred from the May 15th junior/senior prom; the junior class has a record [...]

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VILLAGE VOICE TO CHRISTIANS: NO NEED TO APPLY

By | April 27th, 1998|Categories: Catalyst Online, Front Page|Tags: |

Most people think that the days are long gone when Christians were told they need not apply for a particular job. Yet in the February 17 edition of the Village Voice, there was a public notice ad for a pair of vocalists that ended with the following sentence: "Must be dedicated, creative, not afraid to offend everyone [...]

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“NOTHING SACRED” AXED AT LAST

By | April 27th, 1998|Categories: Catalyst Online, Front Page|Tags: |

Just as we were going to press, we learned that ABC apparently has decided to cancel "Nothing Sacred." Several phone calls to the network, and everyone else connected to the show, failed to secure a definitive answer. It seems that ABC is quietly walking away from "Nothing." On March 19, the Los Angeles Times said that "Nothing" had [...]

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SHOULD CATHOLICISM BE RELEVANT?

By | April 27th, 1998|Categories: Catalyst Online, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

    William A. Donohue On a recent television show that I was on, one of the other guests remarked that Catholicism risked becoming obsolete because its message wasn’t relevant enough to today’s Catholics. I thought this was a strange comment, especially coming from a Catholic university professor. The good news is that she’s wrong. Those [...]

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ATHEISM, ANTI-CATHOLICISM AND PARANOIA

By | April 27th, 1998|Categories: Catalyst Online, Essay|Tags: |

by William A. Donohue At the conclusion of John M. Swomley’s article in the January/February edition of The Humanist, the credits read that he is "emeritus professor of social ethics at St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri, and president of Americans for Religious Liberty." It would be more accurate to say that Swomley is [...]

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SOFTWARE FROM MICROSOFT TAINTED WITH PREJUDICE

By | April 27th, 1998|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

Microsoft Bookshelf 98, a software reference library, continues a pattern of prejudice against Roman Catholics that was evident in earlier versions of this software. In a search for "Catholic," there is a subsection of quotations that lists 24 comments by public figures, past and present, on Catholicism. Fully sixteen of them are very negative remarks, some [...]

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VATICAN DOCUMENT ON HOLOCAUST DESERVES PRAISE

By | April 27th, 1998|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

On March 16, the Vatican issued a long awaited document, "We Remember, a Reflection on the Shoah." It defended the role of Pope Pius XII during World War II while also acknowledging that some Roman Catholics were guilty of misdeeds. It implored Christians to abide by a "moral imperative" that will never allow for another Holocaust. [...]

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RELIGION LAW ADVANCES

By | April 27th, 1998|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

On March 4, the House Judiciary Committee approved a proposed amendment to the Constitution that would allow prayer in the schools and other forms of religious expression on public property. William Donohue, who testified in favor of the amendment before the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the House Judiciary Committee in July, 1996, appeared on FOX [...]

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ABSOLUT AD EXPLOITS CATHOLIC SACRAMENT

By | April 27th, 1998|Categories: Catalyst Online, Features|Tags: |

An ad by Absolut, the vodka product of Sweden, met objections from the Catholic League because it exploited the Catholic sacrament of Holy Eucharist. The ad, which appeared on p. 321 of the March issue of Vogue, is a story-book tale about a priest on an island. Throughout the ad, reference is made to many Catholic symbols [...]

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