Monthly Archives: October 1999

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ATTACK ON PIUS XII SOARS

By | October 26th, 1999|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

The attack on Pope Pius XII reached new heights with the release of a book by British author, John Cornwell. In Cornwell’s Hitler’s Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII (Viking Press), the Cambridge University researcher alleges that Pius XII was an anti-Semite who helped Hitler come to power. The October edition of Vanity Fair ran an excerpt from the [...]

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NAVY GRANTS APOLOGY

By | October 26th, 1999|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

Following the Catholic League’s public statements against the U.S. Navy, an apology was granted to the Knights of Columbus by Captain R.W. Jerome, the officer who had barred the Knights from meeting in a naval chapel in Chesapeake, Virginia. In the last issue of Catalyst, we reported that Captain Jerome had taken action against the Knights because [...]

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ANTI-CATHOLICISM AND THE COURTS

By | October 26th, 1999|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

William A. Donohue William Bentley Ball, perhaps this century’s leading Catholic constitutional lawyer, frequently took note of the anti-Catholic animus that has pervaded our judicial system. No doubt he looked down with disgust when he learned of the recent ruling in Federal District Court in Ohio that blocked Cleveland’s voucher program. The decision was vintage anti-Catholicism. [...]

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RELIGIOUS LIBERTY AND THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

By | October 26th, 1999|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

by Robert P. George The following is an edited version of a statement made by Robert P. George before he left his post on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights last year. It is an important commentary on the state of religious liberty in our public schools and it is one that deserves a wide audience. [...]

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“DOGMA’S” CENSORS EXPOSED

By | October 26th, 1999|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

On Sunday, September 12, the Catholic League exposed the hypocrites behind the movie, "Dogma," by taking out an op-ed page ad in the New York Times. The ad, which is featured on page 2, published excerpts from the threatening letter sent to the league by L.A. attorney Dan Petrocelli, as well as a quote from the film’s [...]

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BIGOTED SOULMATES

By | October 26th, 1999|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

To some, Lenny Bruce was the most creative comic of the 1950s, a man who broke new grounds and was victimized for his "obscene language." To others, Bruce was a full-mouthed, drug dealing, whiskey-bingeing, wife-cheating, unpatriotic, racist, anti-Catholic. The latter is description is the most accurate. Bruce was arrested for violating the obscenity laws because he [...]

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HOLOCAUST CONTINUES TO STIR DEBATE

By | October 26th, 1999|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Holocaust-related issues continue to provoke controversy both within the Catholic and Jewish communities, and between Catholics and Jews. In addition to our lead story on the Cornwell volume, the following stories have all been the subject of much debate. Currently, there is a fierce quarrel brewing in the Jewish community between those aligned with professor Peter [...]

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MGM BOMBS WITH “STIGMATA”

By | October 26th, 1999|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Tamara Collins, a research analyst at the Catholic League, previewed the MGM movie "Stigmata" and labeled it "an anti-Catholic bomb of a movie." The film, which opened September 10, was an attempt to use a supernatural thriller as a vehicle for making a political attack on the Catholic Church. Well before it opened, Entertainment Weekly said that the [...]

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RIZZOLI BOOKSTORE PROFILES OFFENSIVE ART

By | October 26th, 1999|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

On August 17, a branch of the international bookstore, Rizzoli, placed in its storefront window a picture of blasphemous art that was offensive to Christians. The branch at 31 West 57th Street in New York had on window display a picture of the Last Supper that showed a bare-breasted woman standing in the middle of the table [...]

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LAMENT OVER “NOTHING”

By | October 26th, 1999|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

If there is one bet we’d like to make for the new millennium, it is that well into the next century the few fans of the ABC TV show, "Nothing Sacred," will still be expressing their lament over the demise of their lousy show. Indeed, "Nothing" fans easily qualify as a cult. But instead of seeking [...]

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