Monthly Archives: December 1998

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Executive Summary

By | December 31st, 1998|Categories: 1998 Report on Anti-Catholicism, Annual Report on Anti-Catholicism|

When one thinks of activist organizations that are anti-Catholic, images of the Ku Klux Klan come to mind. But most of the bigotry that is heaped on the Church these days comes not from terrorists, but from well-respected men and women in establishment organizations. Very few people, if polled, would think of the Ford Foundation as [...]

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Activists

By | December 31st, 1998|Categories: 1998 Report on Anti-Catholicism, Annual Report on Anti-Catholicism|

Oregon – Throughout the campaign on Oregon’s assisted suicide referendum, supporters of assisted suicide targeted the Catholic Church for vicious attack. Among the more heinous examples: Barbara Coombs Lee, the state’s chief petitioner in favor of assisted suicide, charged that the Oregon state legislature had been “taken hostage” by “the raw political power of the Catholic Church.Auxiliary [...]

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The Arts

By | December 31st, 1998|Categories: 1998 Report on Anti-Catholicism, Annual Report on Anti-Catholicism|

January Manalapan, FL – Florida Stage featured Michael Hollinger’s play, "Incorruptible," a farce which promotes the most negative stereotypes about the medieval Church. For example, Catholic monks are depicted digging up dead bodies, cutting up the bones and selling them as relics—even, in one instance, passing off the bones of a dog as those of St. James [...]

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Business / Workplace

By | December 31st, 1998|Categories: 1998 Report on Anti-Catholicism, Annual Report on Anti-Catholicism|

1998 Santa Rosa, CA – Northern Exposure, a greeting card company, featured a birthday card with a smiling, elderly nun on the front cover. Inside, the card declared, "39? That’s what I call the Immaculate Deception!" 1998 Hoboken, NJ – NobleWorks, a greeting card company whose president, Christopher Noble, had previously informed the league that his cards are [...]

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Cartoons

By | December 31st, 1998|Categories: 1998 Report on Anti-Catholicism, Annual Report on Anti-Catholicism|

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Education

By | December 31st, 1998|Categories: 1998 Report on Anti-Catholicism, Annual Report on Anti-Catholicism|

January Medford, NJ – The parents of Zachary Hood, now eight, filed an appealafter a federal court upheld a teacher’s decision to bar their son from reading aBible story in his public school class. Two years earlier, when he was six, Zachary’sfirst grade class had been instructed by their teacher to bring one of their favoritestories to [...]

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Government

By | December 31st, 1998|Categories: 1998 Report on Anti-Catholicism, Annual Report on Anti-Catholicism|

January Washington, DC – Members of Congress received a letter from the leagueopposing the nomination of James Hormel as U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg. Theleague’s objections were based on Mr. Hormel’s tacit endorsement, during the1996 San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Parade, of the Sisters ofPerpetual Indulgence—a group of gay men in nuns’ habits who have been [...]

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Media

By | December 31st, 1998|Categories: 1998 Report on Anti-Catholicism, Annual Report on Anti-Catholicism|

Movies April 3 New York, NY – Neil Jordan’s "The Butcher Boy" opened in select theaters, complete with Sinead O’Connor playing a foul-mouthed Virgin Mary uttering the F-word. In defending the scene, O’Connor opined that "if Mary was around right now she might say something like fuck!" For his part, Jordan believed that his portrayal of the [...]

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Miscellaneous

By | December 31st, 1998|Categories: 1998 Report on Anti-Catholicism, Annual Report on Anti-Catholicism|

1998 Lodi, CA – Is the Virgin Mary Dead or Alive? published by Modern Manna Ministries, accuses the Catholic Church of leading people "to regard Mary as the most important being there is, greater than Jesus himself." Deploring Pope John Paul II’s popularity with young people, the book declares, "Obviously, the pope of Rome is a major player [...]

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“ALLY McBEAL” OFFENDS; FOX WILL END ATTACKS

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

The November 2 episode of the Fox TV show, "Ally McBeal," featured a nun who sued the Church because she was dismissed for breaking her vow of celibacy. Throughout the show, repeated attacks were made on Catholic sacraments, teachings and practices. Here is a sample of the lines that were voiced. Ally: "Nuns are not supposed [...]

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