Monthly Archives: June 2004

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LIZ SMITH IDENTIFIES CATHOLIC, BUT NOT JEW

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

In her syndicated column of June 30, gossip columnist Liz Smith said that the affair between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky reminded her of the affair between John F. Kennedy and Judith Exner.  Noting that Smith identified JFK’s lover as “the Catholic Judith Exner,” Catholic League president William Donohue opined as follows: “We’re disappointed that the [...]

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HBO SPECIAL ON “CELIBACY” MALIGNS CHURCH

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

The HBO series “America Undercover” aired a special documentary, “Celibacy,” on June 28.  It purports to be an examination of celibacy as it is practiced in the world’s religions.  After a cursory glance at celibacy in eastern religions, it focuses almost exclusively on Roman Catholicism.  The overall theme is voiced at the outset: “The worldwide crisis [...]

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ARCHBISHOP O’MALLEY TARGETED BY MEDDLERS

By | June 25th, 2004|Categories: Latest News Releases|Tags: |

Boston Archbishop Sean O’Malley has come under increasing criticism for his decision to close sixty-five parishes in the archdiocese.  Addressing this issue today is Catholic League president William Donohue: “No one wants to see a parish closed.  The ties that Catholics have to their parish are thicker than blood, and it is for this reason that [...]

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JEWISH NEWSPAPER RIPS CATHOLIC BISHOPS

By | June 24th, 2004|Categories: Latest News Releases|Tags: |

 The lead editorial in the June 25 edition of the Forward, a prominent Jewish weekly newspaper, accuses Catholic bishops of being a threat to democracy.  Commenting on the editorial is Catholic League president William Donohue: “Never have I read a more anti-Catholic editorial in my life.  It is the height of arrogance and intolerance for a Jewish [...]

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Why Jewish Groups Passionately Hate Mel Gibson

By | June 23rd, 2004|Categories: The Passion of the Christ, White Papers and Essays|

by Rabbi Daniel Lapin (Catalyst 6/2004) Surely it is now time to analyze the vitriolic loathing demonstrated by various Jewish groups and their leaders toward Mel Gibson over the past six months. This analysis might help forestall some similar ill-conceived and ill-fated future misadventure on the part of self-anointed Jewish leadership. At the very least it [...]

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BISHOPS RIP PRO-ABORTION POLS; DISPUTE OVER SANCTIONS

By | June 21st, 2004|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

A growing number of bishops are speaking out on the subject of pro-abortion Catholic politicians. But there is disagreement over what should be done. Fargo, North Dakota Bishop Samuel J. Aquila said in May that denying Communion to pro-abortion politicians is part of Catholic teaching. Portland, Oregon Archbishop John G. Vlazny said that "Catholics who publicly [...]

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SCHOOL CHOICE SUCCEEDS

By | June 21st, 2004|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

When school voucher programs are instituted, it stimulates public schools to improve. That, at least, is what the Florida experience shows. In Florida, if a school receives two failing grades in a four-year period, its students can elect to go elsewhere. Performance is measured by standardized tests, and students who choose to use a voucher can [...]

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CHURCH AND STATE IN AN ELECTION YEAR

By | June 21st, 2004|Categories: Catalyst, From The President's Desk|Tags: |

William A. Donohue Few things in life are more contemptible than intellectual dishonesty. It's one thing to be wrong from time to time (true of all of us), quite another to make a living advancing an ideological position that is wholly without principle. Unfortunately, many discussions on church and state are of this sort. And now [...]

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CATHOLICS AND THE SUPREME COURT: AN UNEASY RELATIONSHIP

By | June 21st, 2004|Categories: Catalyst, Essay|Tags: |

Perhaps the most revolutionary changes on the Supreme Court began in the 1930's. That is when President Franklin D. Roosevelt began to choose justices inclined to approach the Constitution in a "broad" and "flexible" spirit. Some of his appointees were crudely anti-Catholic. Hugo L. Black (1937-71) was a lapsed Baptist who, like many ex-fundamentalists, retained anti-Catholicism [...]

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VIOLENCE AND “THE PASSION” (PART ONE)

By | June 21st, 2004|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

Now that the "The Passion of the Christ" has run its course, the record will show that not one act of violence against a Jewish person occurred anywhere in the world, thus confounding those who made such dire predictions. Indeed, the movie played in literally scores of countries, all without violence. Those who predicted that the [...]

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