LIZ SMITH IDENTIFIES CATHOLIC, BUT NOT JEW

June 30, 2004

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... [Read more...]

HBO SPECIAL ON “CELIBACY” MALIGNS CHURCH

June 29, 2004

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... [Read more...]

ARCHBISHOP O’MALLEY TARGETED BY MEDDLERS

June 25, 2004

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... [Read more...]

JEWISH NEWSPAPER RIPS CATHOLIC BISHOPS

June 24, 2004

 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... [Read more...]

Why Jewish Groups Passionately Hate Mel Gibson

June 23, 2004

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... [Read more...]

BISHOPS RIP PRO-ABORTION POLS; DISPUTE OVER SANCTIONS

June 21, 2004

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... [Read more...]

SCHOOL CHOICE SUCCEEDS

June 21, 2004

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 attend... [Read more...]

CHURCH AND STATE IN AN ELECTION YEAR

June 21, 2004

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 that we have... [Read more...]

CATHOLICS AND THE SUPREME COURT: AN UNEASY RELATIONSHIP

June 21, 2004

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... [Read more...]

VIOLENCE AND “THE PASSION” (PART ONE)

June 21, 2004

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 movie would... [Read more...]

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