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CAMPAIGN TO CRUSH “O’NEALS”; SPONSORS CONTACTED

Catalyst May Issue 2016, Front Page

In April, we launched a new campaign against the ABC show, “The Real O’Neals.” Our goal is to kill the show. Thus far, we have (a) published a New York Times op-ed page ad against the show (b) implored our members to email Disney-ABC executive Ben Sherwood (c) issued news releases on each episode, and (d) granted several interviews.... [Read more...]

MOTHER ANGELICA R.I.P.

Catalyst May Issue 2016, Front Page

Mother Angelica died on Easter Sunday at the age of 92. She was, without a doubt, the most influential Catholic television personality of our time. While Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen was the first clergyman to put his imprint on television, Mother Angelica succeeded in a way no one else did: She created the first Catholic media empire, the Eternal Word... [Read more...]

“THE REAL O’NEALS” FALTERS; DAN SAVAGE GOES MUTE

Catalyst April Issue 2016, Front Page

ABC is in a jam and they know it. “The Real O’Neals” is not only stupid and offensive, it is in deep trouble trying to find an audience. The numbers don’t lie: its ratings always trail the competition on CBS and NBC. A story posted by E! Online in mid-March said that the jury is out on whether “The Real O’Neals”... [Read more...]

LOUISIANA VICTORY

Catalyst April Issue 2016, Front Page

In 2014, the Catholic League signed an amicus brief in support of a Louisiana priest who refused to disclose to the authorities a conversation he had in the confessional. After losing in the State Supreme Court, the State District Court declared that Lousiana law could not force a priest to violate the seal of confession. Kudos to Catholic Action for... [Read more...]

DISNEY-ABC INSULT CATHOLICS; WE RESPOND WITH VIGOR

Catalyst March Issue 2016, Front Page

Last spring, Bill Donohue was contacted by Brent Bozell’s Media Research Center to sign a petition protesting a new ABC sitcom, “The Real O’Neals.” Though the show was not slated to air until this year, from what we could learn, it was clear that Catholics would be treated unfairly. After all, it was loosely based on the life... [Read more...]

DORITOS AD UPSETS NARAL

Catalyst March Issue 2016, Front Page

The Doritos Super Bowl ad that showed an ultrasound picture of a baby carried by the baby’s mother was condemned by the pro-abortion group, NARAL, for “humanizing the fetus.” It did just that. What else could it have done? As Scottish professor Malcolm Nicolson has said, ultrasound has a “humanizing effect” that is so powerful... [Read more...]

POLITICIZING CHRISTMAS; REVOLT AGAINST INTOLERANCE

Catalyst January/February Issue 2016, Front Page

No religious holiday sparks as much controversy as Christmas. It’s not because most Americans are anti-Christmas—they are not. It’s because so many activists, public officials, and educators are working against them. Quite frankly, they have unnecessarily politicized Christmas. Some of them are bigots; some are ignorant of what the courts... [Read more...]

AFFIRMING GENOCIDE

Catalyst January/February Issue 2016, Front Page

The whole world knows that Christians have been targeted for genocide by radical Muslims, yet we still don’t have a congressional resolution, supported by our president, affirming this reality. A week before Christmas a group of congressmen, from both parties, along with noted scholars and activists, assembled in Washington D.C. to press for a... [Read more...]

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT CHALLENGED; WE RESPOND QUICKLY

Catalyst December Issue 2015, Front Page

The animus against Christmas manifests itself in a myriad of ways, and this year is no exception. We took a pass on some trivial issues, but we jumped right into the fray when more serious attacks were launched. The anti-Christmas bigots from the Freedom From Religion Foundation threatened a lawsuit against a small Minnesota town because it displayed... [Read more...]

HHS MANDATE UNDER REVIEW

Catalyst December Issue 2015, Front Page

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to the constitutionality of the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate that threatens to eviscerate the religious liberties of many Catholic non-profits. Not surprisingly, editorials in the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times took the side of the Obama administration. We pointed out... [Read more...]

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