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CRÈCHES MAKE COMEBACK
January 6th, 1997 | Catalyst Online, Features

Every December the Catholic League presses its case that crèches should adorn the public square. From public parks to public schools, league activists have succeeded in getting the authorities to recognize that it is unfair to deny the placement of a crèche when space has been provided for menorahs. This past December was no different. Reports of... [Read more...]


CONGRESSIONAL STAFFER DISCIPLINED AFTER LEAGUE PROTEST
January 6th, 1997 | Catalyst Online, Features

In mid-December, B.J. Rudell, a staffer for Congressman Bob Clement of Nashville, Tennessee, posted via e-mail and the Internet an offensive statement about the pope. In The Hotline: Daily Briefing on American Politics, Rudell submitted a list of the “Top Ten Surprising Confessions Made by the Pope.” Included in this “humorous”... [Read more...]


LEAGUE THREATENS ACTION AGAINST SCHOOL DISTRICT
January 6th, 1997 | Catalyst Online, Features

The Catholic League has threatened to take action against a school district in Northwestern Pennsylvania. After learning that students were barred from creating artwork that depicted a nativity scene, Dr. Donohue sent the following letter to the offending party. December 13, 1996 Ms. Alice Niebauer President, Millcreek Township School District Education... [Read more...]


Executive Summary

There are any number of activist organizations that, for one reason or another, find cause to bash the Catholic Church. Catholics for a Free Choice—which is neither Catholic nor an organization—comes immediately to mind (we didn’t bother to log their work because to do so would require a whole volume unto itself). But it is also true that there... [Read more...]


Commercial Establishments

1996 In a catalog of its books, Barnes & Noble featured a long description of a book called The Love Affairs of the Vatican. Calling the book “controversial,” it read: “He [the author] also reveals that the immorality of the Catholic clergy was the direct result of the law of enforced celibacy imposed by Pope Gregory VII (himself... [Read more...]


Education

January A Catholic high school student applied for the Jefferson Scholars Program at the University of Virginia. He was asked the following questions about his religion during the course of an interview: “What is your relationship with God?”; “Do you believe in the infallibility of the Pope?”; “What if the Pope said something... [Read more...]


Government

1996 Austin, TX - Living Truth Ministries distributed a video, The Pope Over Jerusalem, which discusses the “unholy” plans of the Pope to reign over Jerusalem. Among the topics explored are the “hidden agenda of a high-ranking Catholic prelate…who acts as the chief strategist of the Vatican plot to conquer Jerusalem.”... [Read more...]


MARTHA STEWART SHOWS CLASS
December 8th, 1996 | Catalyst Online, Features

In our September issue, we ran a story about the book by Tom Connor and Jim Downey,Martha Stuart’s Better Than You at Entertaining. The book was featured as a parody of the work of stylist, Martha Stewart. It also featured several anti-Catholic pictures and commentaries. Reading the last page of the book led us to believe that the book had the blessings... [Read more...]


RELIGIOUS RIGHTS ON THE JOB
November 8th, 1996 | Catalyst Online, Features

In 1992, Kathleen Pielech and Patricia Reed were fired from Raynham-Taunton Greyhound Park for absenting themselves on Christmas Day. In an amicus brief two years ago, the Catholic League argued that Pielech and Reed had their First Amendment right to religious freedom abridged by this action. The ACLU provided lead counsel to the two women. This past... [Read more...]


VICTORY ON LONG ISLAND
November 8th, 1996 | Catalyst Online, Features

The league’s Long Island chapter has successfully concluded its dispute with Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, New York. During the 1995 Christmas season, the Long Island board was notified that a hospital employee was summarily terminated after objecting to a display on hospital bulletin boards of a distasteful cartoon depiction of the... [Read more...]