Monthly Archives: January 2004

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MEDIA SPIN OVER “THE PASSION”

By | January 30th, 2004|Categories: Latest News Releases|Tags: |

Here is what Catholic League president William Donohue said today about the way the media are spinning the furor over “The Passion of the Christ”: “In today’s Los Angeles Times, it says there are ‘some conservative Catholics’ who like ‘The Passion.’  The next sentence describes me as the ‘president of the conservative Catholic League for Religious and [...]

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HOLLYWOOD PLAY ATTACKS GAY PRIESTS

By | January 29th, 2004|Categories: Latest News Releases|Tags: , |

“A Comfortable Truth: The Story of a Boy and His Priest” opened January 24 in the West Hollywood Lee Strasberg Creative Center; it runs through February 22.  The play’s website says the work addresses “the controversial subject of juvenile molestation in the Church.” Written and directed by Mark Kemble, and produced by David Lee Strasberg, the [...]

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DEMAND FOR “THE PASSION” TICKETS EXPLODES

By | January 28th, 2004|Categories: Latest News Releases|Tags: |

Catholic League president William Donohue released the following comments today on ticket sales for “The Passion of the Christ”: “On p. 2 of the current edition of our monthly journal, Catalyst, we invite Catholic League members to buy advance tickets to ‘The Passion of the Christ.’  We bought 1200 tickets and are subsidizing the cost, charging only [...]

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CRITICS OF “THE PASSION” PLAY DIRTY

By | January 27th, 2004|Categories: Latest News Releases|Tags: , |

Catholic League president William Donohue spoke today about some of the critics of the Mel Gibson movie, “The Passion of the Christ”: “It is one thing to criticize a movie, quite another to engage in vicious ad hominemattacks on the person behind the film. To be specific, Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center is quoted [...]

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“THE EARLY SHOW” DISTORTS MEL GIBSON’S REMARKS

By | January 26th, 2004|Categories: Latest News Releases|Tags: |

On January 23, Mel Gibson was interviewed by Raymond Arroyo on the EWTN show “The World Over”; the discussion centered on Gibson’s yet-to-be released movie, “The Passion of the Christ.”  Clips of the interview were shown on several TV shows, but only one has stirred controversy: “The Early Show” that aired today on CBS.  “The Early [...]

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POLITICS AND SPIN OVER “THE PASSION”

By | January 23rd, 2004|Categories: Latest News Releases|Tags: |

Catholic League president William Donohue issued the following statement today on the latest controversy surrounding the Mel Gibson film, “The Passion of the Christ”: “Never has there been such an unseemly campaign to discredit a film of such epic proportions.  The guilty include journalists, Catholic and Jewish theologians and Jewish activists.  Their goal all along has [...]

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Report on Newsday (NY) and the Church

By | January 23rd, 2004|Categories: The Media, White Papers and Essays|

(1/2004) Part 1: General Catholic Church Coverage January 2002-December 2003   Columnists Dick Ryan:  “The laity must begin to convince those Catholics who seem asleep that their church is in a terminal crisis that involves everybody.  It can no longer be enough to ‘hit the rail’ on Sunday and piously say the rosary, while the abuse of authority [...]

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POPE APPROVES “THE PASSION”; CRITICS OF MEL CONFOUNDED

By | January 22nd, 2004|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

Critics of the Mel Gibson movie, "The Passion of the Christ," are confounded. That's because the pope has seen the film and has extended his blessings. "It is as it was," Pope John Paul II said. Thus did he drive Mel's adversaries into a tizzy. It was on December 17 that Peggy Noonan broke the story [...]

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CENSORING CHRISTMAS

By | January 22nd, 2004|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

Every December the Catholic League goes into high gear confronting those who attempt to censor Christmas. This year was no exception. Unfortunately, the long-awaited ruling on the New York City schools did not come down. So another year went by without nativity scenes in the schools; Jewish menorahs and Islamic crescent and stars were allowed. We [...]

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THE TRIUMPH OF MEL GIBSON

By | January 22nd, 2004|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

William A. Donohue It all happened quite accidentally. On June 11, 2003, I was asked to debate Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center on the MSNBC show "Scarborough Country." The subject—the hullabaloo over a movie that virtually no one had seen, "The Passion" (the name has since been changed to read, "The Passion of [...]

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