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CATHOLIC LEAGUE’S NATIVITY SCENE ERECTED IN CENTRAL PARK
December 16th, 2002 | Latest News Releases

The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights erected a nativity scene today in New York’s Central Park.  Every year the Catholic League obtains a permit from the Parks Department of the City of New York allowing us to put up a manger scene on the corner of 59th Street and 5th Avenue.  It will be blessed today at 4:00 p.m. by Msgr. John Woolsey,... [Read more...]


NEW YORK CITY SUED FOR RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION
December 10th, 2002 | Latest News Releases

A lawsuit has been filed by the Thomas More Law Center against the City of New York, Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and another school official challenging the Department of Education’s policy regarding “Holiday Displays”: the policy allows the display of the Jewish Menorah and the Islamic Star and Crescent while banning the Christian religious... [Read more...]


NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN “HOLIDAY WARS”
December 5th, 2002 | Latest News Releases

Yesterday, the Catholic League issued a news release on the “holiday wars” over the display of crèches and menorahs on public property.  The release stated, among other things, that a menorah had been banned from display in public land in Watchung, New Jersey; it also said that in Airmont, New York, a crèche had been banned. But now a Jewish... [Read more...]


SUPREME COURT PERMITS HOLIDAY DISPLAYS ON PUBLIC PROPERTY
December 2nd, 2002 | Latest News Releases

On November 29, U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens ruled that the city of Cincinnati cannot bar the display of a menorah on a downtown plaza during the holidays.  The municipal ordinance that was overturned said that only the city can use Fountain Square during the last two weeks of November through the first week of January.  Stevens, who... [Read more...]


The Pope Pius XII Controversy

A Review-Article By Kenneth D. Whitehead (The Political Science Reviewer, Volume XXXI, 2002) I. One of the most remarkable of phenomena in recent years has been the revival of the controversy over the role of Pope Pius XII during the Second World War, and, specifically, over that pontiff’s stance with regard to Hitler’s effort to exterminate... [Read more...]


HIGHLIGHTS OF HETERODOXY
July 23rd, 2002 | Catalyst Online, Features

There are many Catholic organizations and publications that reject the Church’s teachings on sexuality. We’ve been tracking what they’ve been saying in this time of crisis and, predictably, the voices of dissent want to turn the Church upside down and inside out. Here’s a sampling of some of the more inane comments we’ve... [Read more...]


NEBRASKA STATE SENATOR MUTILATES ROSARY BEADS
March 23rd, 2002 | Catalyst Online, Features

On January 9, the opening day of the new Nebraska legislative session, state senator Ernie Chambers distributed a packet of unusual Rosary beads to his colleagues. All of them had the crucifix chopped off. Chambers justified his decision to disfigure the Catholic devotional object by arguing that people of many religious beliefs find peace in what he... [Read more...]


WEST PALM BEACH VA MEDICAL CENTER SHOWS BIAS AGAINST CHRISTIANS
January 23rd, 2002 | Catalyst Online, Features

On December 7, menorahs were removed from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Palm Beach. On December 10, they were restored. The initial complaints were made by those who contended that the menorah is a religious symbol and should therefore not be displayed on government property. The second round of complaints came from the Jewish War Veterans.... [Read more...]


ARIZONA ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE BANS SANTA CLAUS
January 23rd, 2002 | Catalyst Online, Features

The Catholic League triggered a media frenzy in Arizona that embarrassed its Attorney General for supporting a ban on Santa Claus in public areas of her office. It began when Gale Garriott, chief counsel of the Agency Counsel Division of the Arizona Attorney General’s office, issued a memo banning the display of Santa Claus from areas open to the... [Read more...]


NYC PRINCIPAL FORCED TO REVERSE DISCRIMINATORY MEMO
January 23rd, 2002 | Catalyst Online, Features

A New York City principal, Dr. Fran Levy, came under fire from the Catholic League when she discriminated against Christians. By putting the media spotlight on Levy, principal of PS 22 (The Thomas Jefferson Magnet School of Humanities in Flushing), we were able to force her to reverse her decision that allowed teachers to bring Jewish and Muslim religious... [Read more...]