2005 Report on Anti-Catholicism

Executive Summary

“The Catholic Church is going to own the month of April.” That’s what I told Fox News anchor Shepard Smith on April 2, the day Pope John Paul II passed away. Events soon validated my point. I was speaking at the University of Notre Dame on March 31 when news reports about the impending death of the pontiff blanketed every radio and... [Read more...]

Activist Organizations

January 3 Madison, WI—In a split decision, a three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled against a 2002 suit brought by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The panel found that the city of La Crosse’s sale of its Ten Commandments monument to the Fraternal Order of Eagles (the monument’s original donor) was constitutional.... [Read more...]

The Arts

January New York, NY—The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, headquarters for the Episcopal Diocese of New York, featured a South African art exhibit by Diane Victor titled, “The Eight Mary’s.” A writer named C.J. DeStefano reported that the exhibit portrayed the Blessed Mother with “Blood cascading from between her legs, as... [Read more...]

Business / Workplace

January 18 Dawn Eden Goldstein, a copy editor with the New York Post, was fired when it was discovered that she ran a pro-life website in her spare time. In an interview with Gilbertmagazine, Goldstein claimed that chief copy editor Barry Gross told her, “Some people already think the Post is conservative, and we don’t need New York... [Read more...]

Cartoons

This cartoon obscenely assaults Our Blessed Mother, Jesus and the pope. That a mainstream newspaper would dare to print this shows how debased the journalism industry has become. (San Francisco Chronicle, March 9, 2005) The assessment of U.S. seminaries by the Vatican focused on seminarians, not priests or bishops. The point was to assess whether... [Read more...]

Education

January Washington, DC—Richard Sternberg, a prominent researcher at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History (and a practicing Catholic), was punished by the Smithsonian for publishing a scholarly article by a prominent biologist, Stephen Meyer. Meyer, who holds a doctorate in the philosophy of biology from Cambridge,... [Read more...]

Government

January Valhalla, NY—Westchester County Executive Andrew J. Spano and other officials attacked New York Medical College (which has been affiliated with the Archdiocese of New York for more than 25 years) for refusing to sanction homosexual activist groups. The Westchester Human Rights Commission launched an investigation in spite of the fact that... [Read more...]

Media

Internet | Magazines | Movies | Radio | Newspapers |Television INTERNET January 13 Syndicated radio host Rabbi Shmuley Boteach accused Pope Pius XII of “mass kidnapping” of baptized Jewish children who were saved from the Nazis by the Catholic Church. He based his charge on an unsigned 1946 memo by an unknown writer that was found... [Read more...]

Papal

Pope John Paul II May 18, 1920 – April 2, 2005 Christopher Hitchens made an accusation on Slate.com that is totally without evidence: “And it has been conclusively established that the Vatican itself—including his holiness—was part of the cover-up and obstruction of justice that allowed the child-rape scandal to continue” Jack... [Read more...]

The Golden Compass

MSNBC “The Situation with Tucker Carlson,” July 19; Rachel Maddow:  “I think the abortion stuff is going to be a big deal. I think the fact that he said we want to get rid of Roe v. Wade, the fact that his wife is the executive vice president of Feminists for Life. I mean, that stuff is going to matter.” When challenged by... [Read more...]

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