BISHOP GREGORY SHOWS COURAGE: PRIESTS HAVE RIGHTS, TOO

May 28, 2004

Bishop Wilton Gregory, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has refused to release the mental health records of a retired priest accused of sexual abuse.  The alleged acts occurred in the 1970s in the Illinois Diocese of Belleville; the diocese is now led by Bishop Gregory.  As a result of his decision, the Belleville diocese... [Read more...]

AMERICANS UNITED ATTEMPTS TO SILENCE BISHOPS

May 27, 2004

Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State sent a letter to the IRS today asking the agency to investigate what he terms “electioneering” by the Diocese of Colorado Springs.  Referring to Bishop Michael Sheridan’s recent pastoral letter about politicians receiving Communion, Lynn accuses the letter of using “code language... [Read more...]

CARDINAL GEORGE REBUKES GAY ACTIVISTS

May 25, 2004

Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago, has notified all his pastors not to give Communion on Sunday to gay members of the Rainbow Sash Movement.  Members of the group, who publicly reject the teachings of the Catholic Church on homosexuality and same-sex marriage, are planning to wear rainbow sashes on Pentecost Sunday at many churches in... [Read more...]

“SAVED!” IS A BOMB IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE

May 24, 2004

The MGM movie “Saved!” opens at select theaters on May 28.  It is billed as a “sweetly subversive comedy” about an evangelical Christian high school.  The film features a Christian teenager who gets pregnant while attempting to reorient her homosexual friend; this follows a vision she has of Jesus who appealed to her to “do everything you... [Read more...]

New Anti-Pius XII Book by an Old Critic

May 22, 2004

by Ronald Rychlak (Catalyst 5/2004) During World War II and for years after it ended, Pope Pius XII was heralded as a staunch opponent of the Nazis and a champion of their victims. Then in 1963, as the result of a piece of fiction written by German playwright Rolf Hochhuth, a controversy arose about whether the Pope had been sufficiently outspoken about... [Read more...]

CATHOLICISM EMERGES AS ISSUE IN PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN

May 22, 2004

For the first time in over four decades, Catholicism has emerged as a factor in a presidential campaign. In 1960, Massachusetts Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy had to overcome Protestant critics who objected to having any Catholic in the White House. Now another  Roman Catholic JFK from Massachusetts is the source of controversy, namely John Forbes... [Read more...]

PLEDGE CASE HITS THE COURT

May 22, 2004

On March 24, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Pledge of Allegiance case. The Catholic League, together with the Thomas More Law Center, filed an amicus curiae  brief in support of the Elk Grove Unified School District that seeks to uphold the recitation of the Pledge in the schools. Challenging the school district is Michael Newdow;... [Read more...]

WHAT’S WRONG WITH WHITE PEOPLE?

May 22, 2004

William A. Donohue The Catholic Church rightfully emphasizes that all human beings share an inherent dignity. It matters not a whit what a person’s race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation or age is—all are equal before God. Because we do not choose any of these attributes, they are of no moral consequence. It’s only when... [Read more...]

NEW ANTI-PIUS XII BOOK BY AN OLD CRITIC

May 22, 2004

by Ronald J. Rychlak During World War II and for years after it ended, Pope Pius XII was heralded as a staunch opponent of the Nazis and a champion of their victims. Then in 1963, as the result of a piece of fiction written by German playwright Rolf Hochhuth, a controversy arose about whether the Pope had been sufficiently outspoken about Nazi atrocities.... [Read more...]

“THE PASSION” CONTINUES TO EXCITE

May 22, 2004

Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” continues to be the source of controversy. Attempts by three Jewish brothers in France to ban the film did not succeed in court, but this did not stop the Benlolo brothers—Patrick, Gerard and Jean-Marc—from appealing the decision. The movie was censored in Israel; it was the only nation... [Read more...]

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