MAKE CHURCHES “CAMPAIGN-FREE ZONES”

March 29, 2004

Catholic League president William Donohue commented today on the need to make churches “campaign-free zones”: “For many years now, Republican and Democratic candidates for public office have exploited houses of worship for political capital.  Time and again they have brought their campaigns into churches, synagogues and other houses of worship,... [Read more...]

DRESS-UP JESUS PULLED AFTER PROTEST

March 24, 2004

Urban Outfitters, a Philadelphia company that sells T-shirts and an array of merchandise targeted at young people, has decided not to carry its magnetized figure of Jesus on the cross anymore; the figure of Jesus wearing underwear could be altered by putting various clothing items on it (e.g. a devil’s outfit and a hula skirt). Catholic League president... [Read more...]

ONE MONTH AFTER “THE PASSION”: BODY COUNT—ZERO

March 24, 2004

Catholic League president William Donohue commented today on the absence of violence that marks the one month anniversary of the opening of “The Passion of the Christ”: “Last summer, Boston University professor Paula Fredriksen predicted, with no uncertainty, that ‘when violence breaks out’ (following the opening of ‘The Passion of the Christ’)... [Read more...]

“THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST” OPENS AMIDST FUROR

March 22, 2004

The February 25th opening of “The Passion of the Christ” was one of the most anticipated openings of any movie in American history. That it opened on Ash Wednesday made it all the more special. Advance ticket sales to the Mel Gibson film were astonishing. News reports cited many Protestant organizations buying up large blocks of tickets;... [Read more...]

SEX ABUSE REPORT

March 22, 2004

On February 27, professors from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City released a report on priestly sexual abuse since 1950. In anticipation of the report, the Catholic League prepared its own report; it was released in early February. The complete document is reprinted in this edition of Catalyst. The Catholic League strongly believes... [Read more...]

HOT BUTTON ISSUES MARK COLD WINTER

March 22, 2004

William A. Donohue This issue of Catalyst is not like any other. Normally, we run a series of articles that touch on anti-Catholicism and related issues. But this time we are featuring two very special items: “An Open Letter to the Jewish Community” and a Special Report, Sexual Abuse in Social Context: Catholic Clergy and Other Professionals.... [Read more...]

SEXUAL ABUSE IN SOCIAL CONTEXT: CATHOLIC CLERGY AND OTHER PROFESSIONALS

March 22, 2004

Special Report by Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights February 2004   PREFACE The purpose of this special report is to put the recent scandal in the Catholic Church in perspective.  It does not seek to exculpate anyone who had anything to do with priestly sexual misconduct, but it does seek to challenge those who continue to treat this... [Read more...]

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE JEWISH COMMUNITY

March 22, 2004

February 4, 2004   I have seen the Mel Gibson movie, “The Passion of the Christ,” on two occasions and consider it to be the most moving dramatization of the death of Jesus Christ ever made.  It is magnificent beyond words.  I stand with those Catholics, Protestants and Jews who have seen the film and do not find it to be anti-Semitic.  If... [Read more...]

ADL INSULTS CHRISTIANS OVER MEL GIBSON FILM; APOLOGY REQUESTED

March 22, 2004

  ADL INSULTS CHRISTIANS OVER MEL GIBSON FILM; APOLOGY REQUESTED  The following letter was faxed to ADL National Director Abraham Foxman on January 26, 2004: Mr. Abraham Foxman National Director ADL 823 United Nations Plaza New York, New York 10017 Dear Mr. Foxman: Regarding the Mel Gibson movie, “The Passion of the Christ,” you were quoted... [Read more...]

OPUS DEI: FACT AND FICTION

March 22, 2004

The Dan Brown book, The Da Vinci Code, is a best-selling work of fiction that discusses a real-life Catholic organization, Opus Dei. To help separate fact from fiction, we asked officials at Opus Dei to write a short article on this subject. Herewith their reply. Founded in 1928 by St. Josemaría Escrivá, Opus Dei (Latin for “work of God”)... [Read more...]

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