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Pius the Good; The brief for a much-maligned pope

By William Doino Jr. (The Weekly Standard, June 12, 2006) The Myth of Hitler’s Pope: How Pope Pius XII Rescued Jews from the Nazis by David G. Dalin Regnery, 256 pp., $27.95 EVER SINCE THE GERMAN PLAYWRIGHT Rolf Hochhuth produced The Deputy–a long, unwatchable 1963 production that depicted Pope Pius XII as indifferent to the Holocaust–the... [Read more...]


Three Jews and a Pope

By Sister Margherita Marchione, Ph.D. (June 2006) Recently, a Jewish group invited me to speak. When I mentioned that my topic would be Pope Pius XII, I was informed that it would not suit their needs: “My chairman thought it would open up the wounds of a few holocaust survivors in our group who lost mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers in the gas... [Read more...]


CRECHE CASE MOVES FORWARD
March 9th, 2006 | Catalyst Online, Features

The U.S. Court of Appeals recently ruled that the New York City public schools are allowed to ban nativity scenes during Christmas while simultaneously allowing the display of menorahs. The Catholic League arranged for a plaintiff in this case, Andrea Skoros and her children, and the Thomas More Law Center supplied the lawyers. Bill Donohue said that... [Read more...]


VETERAN PRIEST OFFERS COGENT ADVICE
March 9th, 2006 | Catalyst Online, Features

by Msgr. Desmond P. Dillon Editor’s note: The following article offers many sensible recommendations from a priest who has witnessed many changes in the Church. On reaching my 91st birthday January 31, 2006 and my 65th year of priesthood this coming May 22, 2006, I must say that these are in a way the happiest days of my life. As I watch my sunset,... [Read more...]


WHITE HOUSE AND LANDS’ END TRIGGER DISPUTES
January 7th, 2006 | Catalyst Online, Front Page

On Friday, December 2, Bill Donohue received a Christmas card from the President and the First Lady (see below). He was pleased to get the card and was only slightly miffed to discover that it did not say “Merry Christmas.” But later in the day he found something out that made him perturbed. Alan Cooperman, the senior religion reporter for... [Read more...]


SPINNING INTO DENIAL

As one who debates for living, I find it increasingly difficult to find an honest adversary. It used to be that I was able to engage my opponent in a verbal duel where facts and logic determined the outcome, but this seldom happens anymore. That’s because so many debaters really don’t want to debate the issue at hand: they prefer to spin... [Read more...]


SOUNDBITES
January 7th, 2006 | Catalyst Online, Features

Kiera McCaffrey, as quoted in The Detroit News: “It seems, in the past few years, people have noticed how much Christmas has become so secular and they’re reacting to that, and we’re seeing more and more people making a point to ask that stores mention Christmas.”  Read More →


VILE “SOUTH PARK” EPISODE PULLED
January 7th, 2006 | Catalyst Online, Features

Editor’s note: the following story contains graphic material of an offensive nature. As 2005 came to a close, the Catholic League scored another major victory: we got Comedy Central to pull a scheduled rerun of a vile episode of “South Park.” News stories trumpeting our victory were printed on December 30. Here’s how the story... [Read more...]


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...]


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...]