HERE COMES THE POPE: HERE’S WHAT THE PUNDITS WILL SAY

March 31, 2008

Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented today on Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to the United States, which begins two weeks from tomorrow: “Look for Pope Benedict XVI to be compared unfavorably to his predecessor, John Paul II. All of a sudden, those who had no use for Pope John Paul II will now anoint him a positive force, the purpose of which... [Read more...]

POPE STILL BEING BASHED FOR BAPTISM

March 28, 2008

Ever since Pope Benedict XVI baptized a Muslim-born journalist at the Easter Vigil, he has been highly criticized for doing so. Magdi Allam was one of seven adults baptized during the vigil, but because he has been an outspoken critic of Islamic extremism, his conversion set off a firestorm. Here’s a sample: · “I cannot understand the Vatican’s... [Read more...]

POPE’S GIFT: SURVEY OF NON-PRACTICING CATHOLICS

March 27, 2008

Just in time for the pope’s visit, The Journal News has decided to conduct an online survey of non-Catholics. The newspaper, which covers the Lower Hudson New York counties of Westchester, Rockland and Putnam, posted the following online survey on March 25 and March 26: Are you a lapsed Catholic? As part of The Journal News’ coverage of Pope... [Read more...]

ESPN ANCHOR SUSPENDED; APOLOGY ACCEPTED

March 24, 2008

On January 22, the Catholic League launched a protest of ESPN anchorwoman Dana Jacobson’s foul and bigoted comments that were made at a January 11 “roast” in Atlantic City. The next day we issued another news release, putting pressure on ESPN to respond. It took one more day before we were satisfied with the outcome. We learned from news and sports... [Read more...]

HOAX RESURRECTED

March 24, 2008

Last year, “Titanic” director James Cameron and others said that the Jesus family tomb had been found. The archaeological community was not persuaded, but that didn’t stop the controversy. But now, thanks to Princeton’s James Charlesworth, the hoax looks more real than ever before. Charlesworth recently completed a Jerusalem conference that... [Read more...]

ALL WE ASK FOR IS FAIRNESS

March 24, 2008

William A. Donohue Advocacy organizations like the Catholic League have to expect that not everyone is going to like what they do. But is it too much to ask that our critics be fair? Fairness is not some slippery subjective property—it simply means that vis-à-vis other similarly situated persons or organizations, the same rules apply. The lead story... [Read more...]

PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS: PAST AND PRESENT

March 24, 2008

William A. Donohue Every four years the big political prize is up for grabs, and with it comes pressure politics of an unrelenting sort. This campaign season is no exception, but what is different for the Catholic League is that it has drawn us into a fight with Republican and Democratic candidates alike. For the record, our members should know that... [Read more...]

THE POLITICAL POWER OF CATHOLICS: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

March 24, 2008

Onward, Christian Soldiers: The Growing Political Power of Catholics and Evangelicals in the United States, Simon & Schuster, March 11, 2008 There have many books about the so-called Religious Right in American politics. What makes Onward, Christian Soldiers distinctive is my exploration of its Catholic dimension. What is usually treated as exclusively... [Read more...]

BILL MAHER: AMERICA’S #1 BIGOT

March 24, 2008

America’s top bigot, Bill Maher, was at it again in January and February. For example, when Maher appeared on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” he commented on the widely publicized speech made by presidential candidate Mitt Romney, explaining the role of religion in government. Maher remarked: “You can’t be a rational person six days a week... [Read more...]

“JERRY SPRINGER” DIRTIES CARNEGIE HALL’S REPUTATION

March 24, 2008

In the last edition of Catalyst we mentioned that “Jerry Springer—The Opera” was coming to Carnegie Hall at the end of January for two nights. As we predicted, this grotesque production assaulted Christianity; it also dirtied the illustrious history of the hosting venue. The New York Daily News speculated that the musical used its two nights... [Read more...]

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